Melania Trump’s parents sworn in as USA citizens

Calvin Saunders
August 10, 2018

A source with direct knowledge of Melania Trump's parents and their immigration status told CNN that Melania Trump sponsored her parents for their green cards, a status that allowed them to live and work in the USA indefinitely and paved the way for citizenship.

They came and went from the ceremony at a Manhattan federal building flanked by Homeland Security police. They said little other than Viktor telling a reporter "thank you" when she asked how they felt about becoming Americans.

The Knavses' lawyer said their ceremony was kept private for "security reasons".

"They have travelled a wonderful journey like many have, like millions have", said lawyer Michael Wildes. He confirmed that the first lady sponsored their green cards.

"This golden experiment, these doors that are in America, remain hinged open to lovely people as they have today", Wildes said after the ceremony.

Melania Trump, second left, is seen with her son Barron, left, her mother, second from right, and husband Donald Trump at the White House in June.

He said: "It's a dirty - a dirtier word", but added: "It stands for a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification".

Ms Grisham directed further questions concerning the president's views on immigration - and the immigration status of his in-laws - to the West Wing, which did not immediately respond to emails and phone calls requesting comment. The first lady herself was granted citizenship in 2006.

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Advocates for restricting legal immigration have pointed to the imbalance in favour of family connections as evidence of the need for reform, calling for a "merit-based" system that would choose immigrants based on need in the US. He also called for eliminating a visa lottery program for people from countries under-represented in the U.S. Experts estimate that could cut overall immigration to the USA by 40% to 50%, if those green cards are not reallocated to another category. The CBC's Matt Kwong tells us how the Canadian and U.S. immigration system differ in terms of TYPE and numbers. Viktor and Amalija Knavs have been living in the United States on as permanent residents on green cards.

Typically, naturalisation ceremonies at 26 Federal Plaza are large events, where groups of immigrants are sworn in as citizens en masse, after reciting an oath and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Tweeting on November 2, 2017, he said: "CHAIN MIGRATION must end now!"

New citizens are normally minted on Fridays, they said, and often the ceremonies are held at the federal courthouse across the street.

The Knavses, both in their 70s, raised Melania Trump in Sevnica, a Slovenian town of around 4,500 people.

Although Melania started from humble roots, she launched a successful modeling career prior to her marriage to the president.

While the Knavs now live in Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower in New York City, they didn't always live in luxury. They married in 2005.

President Donald Trump's parents-in-law have become United States citizens in a private ceremony.

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