Melania Trump’s parents become U.S. citizens

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Melania’s parents celebrate being newly-minted U.S citizens as their attorney says it WAS ‘chain migration’ and calls it a ‘dirty word’ in rebuke to Trump

  • Viktor, 74, and Amalija Knavs, 73, took the citizenship oath in New York City on Thursday
  • Their attorney said they followed the regular citizenship process
  • Asked if they obtained their citizenship through ‘chain migration’ he said: ‘I suppose. It’s a dirty — a dirtier word.’ 
  • President Trump wants to end the program, which allows citizens or green card holders to sponsor relatives to come to the United States 

Emily Goodin, U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com

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First lady Melania Trump’s parents were sworn in as U.S. citizens in New York City on Thursday and obtained their citizenship through the ‘chain migration’ process that President Donald Trump wants to end.

‘They had gotten sponsored by their daughter and then once they had the green card, they then applied for citizenship when they were eligible,’ their attorney Michael Wildes told The New York Times. 

Migrants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are able to sponsor other relatives – such as parents, adult married children and siblings – to come to the United States in what is sometimes referred to as ‘chain migration.’

Asked if Viktor and Amalija Knavs had obtained citizenship through that method, Wildes said: ‘I suppose. It’s a dirty — a dirtier word.’ 

He added: ‘It stands for a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification.’ 

Just regular: The Knavs got no special treatment in the citizenship process, their attorney said

Just regular: The Knavs got no special treatment in the citizenship process, their attorney said

Now we are citizens: Viktor, left, and Amalija Knavs listen as their attorney Michael Wildes makes a statement in New York on their becoming citizens. They did not speak themselves

Now we are citizens: Viktor, left, and Amalija Knavs listen as their attorney Michael Wildes makes a statement in New York on their becoming citizens. They did not speak themselves

Security: Uniformed Federal Protective Services police officers were on hand as the Knavs left the federal building in downtown Manhattan 

Security: Uniformed Federal Protective Services police officers were on hand as the Knavs left the federal building in downtown Manhattan 

Melania Trump came to the United States in 1996 and met Trump two years later.

She obtained her green card in 2001 and became a U.S. citizen in 2006.  

There is a five-year requirement for green card holders before they can become citizens. The Knavs’ attorney set they met that but no other details were available on how they went through the process. 

Trump has proposed ending that options for immigrations in which American citizens and legal permanent residents are able to sponsor family members to come to the United States permanently as part of his four-part immigration reform plan.

He has called it a path for terrorists to get into the country. 

‘CHAIN MIGRATION cannot be allowed to be part of any legislation on Immigration!,’ the president wrote on Twitter on Sept. 15, 2017.  

Viktor and Amalija Knavs arrived at a Manhattan federal building Thursday afternoon escorted by security. He wore a dark suit and blue tie. She wore a light pink pants suit and a white shirt.

Wildes said they were sworn-in during a private ceremony for security reasons. 

The two, as is custom, held their hands over their hearts and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Wildes called the ceremony ‘inspiring’ and ‘heartwarming.’ 

They got no special treatment during the citizenship process, Wildes said.

‘The application, the process, the interview was no different from anyone else’s other than the security arrangements,’ Wildes said on Thursday.

‘They would appreciate their privacy and we just thank everybody for their attention for this very important dialogue we’re having on immigration. This is an example of it going right,’ he said.

The Knavs have a residence in Maryland, near Barron Trump’s school, to help their daughter and grandson.

They also travel with the first family, having been seen on trips to Camp David and Mar-a-Lago.

Viktor is 74, two years older than President Donald Trump. Amalija is 73.

The first lady, born Melanija Knavs in the then Yugoslavia, changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modeling. 

New status: Viktor and Amalija Knavs became U.S. citizens on Thursday. They are from Slovenia which allows dual citizenship suggesting they could now have both statuses

New status: Viktor and Amalija Knavs became U.S. citizens on Thursday. They are from Slovenia which allows dual citizenship suggesting they could now have both statuses

Melania Trump has been in Bedminister, N.J., with her husband at his golf course

Melania Trump has been in Bedminister, N.J., with her husband at his golf course

Viktor Knavs and Amalija Knavs step off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in June

Viktor Knavs and Amalija Knavs step off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in June

Amalija Knavs, Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Barron Trump, Santa Claus, and Viktor Knavs on Christmas Day at the Mar-a-Lago estate in 2008

Amalija Knavs, Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Barron Trump, Santa Claus, and Viktor Knavs on Christmas Day at the Mar-a-Lago estate in 2008

Questions about how and when they came to the United States have increased with President Trump’s fiery rhetoric on immigration. 

But the first lady’s office has declined to comment on the Knavs.

There are a few methods for immigrants to obtain green cards. The biggest portion of them are distributed through family connections. Others are distributed based on employment – the Knavs are retired – or through a special category such as refugee status.  


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