Melania Trump's parents take U.S. citizenship oath

Deanna Kelley
August 10, 2018

Melania Trump's parents were briskly sworn in as citizens of the United States in NY on Thursday (Aug 9).

A lawyer for the Knavs says the Slovenian couple took the citizenship oath on Thursday in New York City.

Wildes said the term was a "dirtier" way of describing "a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification", the Times reported.

In a Tweet last November, Trump slammed CHAIN MIGRATION or bringing families into the United States, calling it truly evil.

Trump has taken a hardline on immigration policy, criticizing so-called chain migration. I've had the privilege of coming to this building for more than 30 years working with some of the finest families and individuals [.] This golden experiment, these doors that are in America, remain hinged open to lovely people as they have today.

She attended high school in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, and changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modelling.

It's unclear when they obtained their green cards, but usually, permanent residents have to hold green cards for five years before applying for citizenship.

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The Knavses' lawyer said they had "travailed a wonderful journey". The Slovenian immigrants, a former vehicle dealer and textile factory worker, had been living in the USA as permanent residents. And yet, here are his wife's parents, gladly getting the US citizenship that their son-in-law wants to virtually bring to an end within the next couple of years.

Currently, the majority of green card recipients receive them via family sponsorship.

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

In addition, Trump is also readying a proposal that would make it hard for legal immigrants to obtain citizenship.

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

The couple met in Sevnica, Slovenia in 1966, and Melania was born in the same town.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Viktor, 74, was a auto dealer while Amalija, 73, worked in a textile factory. 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. One for the people who have no power, and one for the people who we are letting in through the VIP entrance.

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