Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Trump hates ‘chain migration’. His in-laws used it to get US citizenship

Melania Trump's parents are sworn in as U.S. citizens Melania Trump's parents get US citizenship
Adrian Cunningham | 10 August, 2018, 05:59

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, Melania Trump's Slovenian-born parents, took the oath of citizenship in NY on Thursday, their lawyer confirmed. They tend to keep a low profile despite spending some time at the White House, much like how former first lady Michelle Obama's mother lived at the White House where she focused on helping raise the Obamas' daughters.

Melania Trump's parents have been sworn in as U.S. citizens.

They had been living in the U.S.as permanent residents.

Pressed on the fact that the President has harshly criticized family-based migration and regularly refers to it as "chain migration", Wildes responded: "I can't comment on the President's politics when it comes to my clients but I have stood up against the President's immigration policies personally".

Viktor and Amalija Knavs are retired, and they maintain regular contact with the Trump family, often traveling with the first family on trips to Mar-a-Lago and Bedminster, New Jersey. Viktor and Amalija Knavs have been living in the United States on as permanent residents on green cards. Green cards can also be obtained through employment, receiving asylum or refugee status, or in other special circumstances.

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It's unclear whether Mr and Mrs Knavs had their green cards granted by a process the President Trump has sought to end.

The idea that family-based immigration could be labeled as "dirty" might have a lot to do with the Knavs' son-in-law.

Melania grew up in a two bedroom apartment in Sevnica, a small city formerly under communist control.

The 48-year-old first lady, born Melanija, changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modeling.

In a phone call on Thursday evening, Wildes declined to comment on whether Viktor and Amalija Knavs support President Trump's push to curb family-based sponsorship.