Friday, 14 December, 2018

Melania's parents' lawyer says they obtained citizenship through chain migration

Melania Trump's parents sworn in as US citizens report Getty Images
Ella Tate | 10 August, 2018, 11:03

Melania Trump's parents become citizens through "chain migration".

A lawyer for Viktor and Amalija Knavs said that the first lady's Slovenian mom and dad took the citizenship oath on Thursday in Manhattan.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs took their oaths in NY, the Associated Press reports.

It is believed that Melania Trump, who is a United States citizen, has sponsored her parents for permanent residency.

President Trump has campaigned against family-based or so-called "chain" immigration in the past.

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

During a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers in January, for example, Trump said, "Chain migration is bringing in many, many people with one, and often it doesn't work out very well".

Security guards and US Citizenship and Immigration Services workers in offices adorned with Donald Trump's portrait said they were unaware of anyone being sworn in there on Thursday.

It said it is unclear about when or how the couple received green cards.

Their son-in-law has frequently attacked U.S. immigration laws, calling them the "dumbest laws on immigration in the world".

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Advocates for restricting legal immigration have pointed to the imbalance in favor 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.

The first lady, born Melanija, changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modelling.

Viktor, 74, and Amalija, 73, had been living as permanent residents in the US.

The Knavs' immigration attorney accompanied the couple to the ceremony.

The Knavses frequently travel with the Trumps and split their time between New York, Palm Beach and Washington, where they stay in the White House, the NYT report added.

The Knavses' citizenship ceremony was kept hush-hush at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building.

"They would appreciate their privacy and we just thank everybody for their attention for this very important dialogue we're having on immigration". Viktor was a auto dealer while Amalija worked in a textile factory.

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

The first lady was not present for the ceremony, and her parents told their lawyer she was in Bedminster, New Jersey, where the president spends time in the summer at Trump National Golf Club.

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