Donald Trump's Slovenian in-laws become United States citizens

10 August, 2018, 14:13 | Author: Norman Carr
  • Melania Trump's parents are sworn in as U.S. citizens

Melania Trump had sponsored her parents for their green cards, Wildes said in describing the process by which the Knavses had become US citizens.

A lawyer for Viktor and Amalija Knavs said the Slovenian couple took the citizenship oath on Thursday in New York City.

He argues instead for a merit-based system prioritising professionals over relatives, and has drawn criticism for his vocal attacks on immigration laws and immigrants.

When asked if the couple became citizens through chain migration, Wildes replied, "I suppose".

When Trump began her modelling career, while still a teenager, the whole family sensed opportunity, according to those who knew them in Slovenia. The Jacob J. Javits Federal Building, at 26 Federal Plaza, also houses immigration court and the local offices of the Department of Homeland Security, and its subsidiary, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "The application, the process, the interview was no different from anyone else's other than the security arrangements", their attorney Michael Wildes said on Thursday. They had been living in the U.S.as permanent residents.

Trump hasn't commented or tweeted about his in-laws' newfound citizenship.

Melania Trump became a citizen in 2006 after obtaining a green card. Experts estimate that could cut overall immigration to the United States by 40% to 50%, if those green cards are not reallocated to another category.


Presiding over the ceremony was NY district director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Thomas Cioppa.

Their daughter, Melania, was raised under Communist rule in the town of Sevnica where her father worked as a auto dealer and her mom in a textile factory.

Melania Trump, who has been vacationing with her husband in Bedminster, New Jersey, did not accompany her parents.

The First Lady became a U.S. citizen in 2006, after she entered the United States in 2001 on a coveted Einstein visa for people with "extraordinary ability" when she was working as a model. Melania was not present for the ceremony as she was in Bedminster, New Jersey, at the Trump National Golf Club, where the President is now staying.

Viktor Knavs, a vehicle salesman in Slovenia, and Amalija, who worked in a textile factory, are over 70 years old, retired and pass much of the year in the United States, where they regularly spend time with their daughter and grandson Barron.

Mr Knavs is 74, two years older than President Donald Trump. Now, we're certain his shameless hypocrisy sees no boundaries.

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