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

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

The pair had been living in the USA on green cards sponsored by their daughter Melania.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of first lady Melania Trump, were granted USA citizenship on Thursday through a process President Trump wants to eliminate.

President Donald Trump's in-laws, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, took their oaths of citizenship in New York City. Now that the couple are US citizens, it's important to note the president's hypocrisy when it comes to immigration policies.

The Republican president has said such a system steals jobs from Americans and threatens national security, calling for a merit-based system that gives preference to more educated, English-speaking professionals.

"Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives", Trump told the nation, adding that part of his fourth pillar, "chain immigration" practices were coming to an end.

Amalija is 73. The first lady, born Melanija, changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modelling. It's unclear when the Knavses obtained permanent residency in the USA, the Times reports, but Wildes said they met the five year requirement.

They arrived and departed from a Manhattan federal building escorted by Homeland Security police.

Mrs Trump's parents, a former auto dealer and textile factory worker, are Slovenian immigrants who had been living in the United States as permanent residents. When Melania Trump began her modeling career, while still a teenager, the whole family sensed opportunity, according to those who knew them in Slovenia.

The Knavses' citizenship ceremony was kept hush-hush at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building. She obtained a green card in 2001 and became a naturalized citizen in 2006.

Their daughter, Melania, was raised under Communist rule in the town of Sevnica where her father worked as a vehicle dealer and her mom in a textile factory. Viktor, 74, was a vehicle dealer while Amalija, 73, worked in a textile factory. She met Donald Trump in New York City in 1998.

It is not infrequently the site of protests, but on Thursday, things were quiet as the first lady's parents came and went.

Viktor Knavs is 74, two years older than his son-in-law. One for the people who have no power, and one for the people who we are letting in through the VIP entrance.

Related Articles

  • GOP congressman busted for insider trading

    GOP congressman busted for insider trading

    Price resigned as health secretary under criticism for taking pricey charter flights at taxpayers' expense. Price said he never received information that could be considered a stock tip and denied any wrongdoing.
    Russia Appoints Steven Seagal to Improve U.S. Cultural Ties

    Russia Appoints Steven Seagal to Improve U.S. Cultural Ties

    President Putin is also a fan of the kind of martial arts that Seagal often practiced in his Hollywood action movies. Seagal's grandmother was born in Vladivostok, and the actor and Putin share a passion for martial arts.
    'Facts of Life' star Charlotte Rae reportedly dead at 92

    'Facts of Life' star Charlotte Rae reportedly dead at 92

    Both shows were wildly successful between the late '70s and mid-'80s - but they were just a small slice of her long career. Charlotte is survived by her two children, Larry and Andrew Strauss, from her marriage to USA film composer John Strauss .
  • Liverpool 3 Torino 1: Firmino, Wijnaldum and Sturridge on target for Reds

    Liverpool 3 Torino 1: Firmino, Wijnaldum and Sturridge on target for Reds

    Wijnaldum and Salah combined to set up Firmino for a shot that deflected into the top corner off Lorenzo De Silvestri. Summer signing Fabinho , who converted all 16 penalties he took for Monaco in Ligue 1, dragged the spot-kick wide.
    China Lashes Out as Retaliatory Moves Fail to Stop Trump Trade Actions

    China Lashes Out as Retaliatory Moves Fail to Stop Trump Trade Actions

    The plan is to target 5,207 categories of United States products with four levels of tariff rate percentages-25, 20, 10 and 5. Answering a reporter's question about what was specifically said on trade, Wang said: "We did not speak in such details".
    Massive wildfire becomes largest in California history

    Massive wildfire becomes largest in California history

    An inmate firefighter pauses during a firing operation as the Carr fire continues to burn in Redding, California on 27 July 2018. Hundreds of colleagues, family and friends attended a memorial service Saturday in Fresno for National Forest Service Capt.
  • Here's why Elon Musk wants Tesla to go private

    Here's why Elon Musk wants Tesla to go private

    Other board members mentioned in the statement included Robyn Denholm, Ira Ehrenpreis, Antonio Gracias and Linda Johnson Rice. He now owns 20 percent of the company, so more than $60 billion is needed to buy the business from public shareholders.
    The Bachelorette Finale: Becca Has to Choose Between Blake and Garrett

    The Bachelorette Finale: Becca Has to Choose Between Blake and Garrett

    Let us know in the comments (below)... "We've been honest and open and transparent with one another since the beginning". Blake was left heartbroken when Becca dumped him during the August 6 finale of The Bachelorette . "My personality.
    Beauty salon CHAOS: Women in mass brawl after ‘botched eyebrow job’

    Beauty salon CHAOS: Women in mass brawl after ‘botched eyebrow job’

    Meanwhile, the Facebook page for New Red Apple Nail salon has been flooded with negative reviews and backlash over the incident. The women were dissatisfied with the service from the salon and ultimately, refused to pay $5 for a "f**ked up" eyebrow job.
  • Changes Are Coming To The Oscars

    We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world. What they're proposing now is different - they'll keep handing out awards without a break, even during commercials.
    NASA unveils astronauts who will relaunch human space flights from U.S.

    NASA unveils astronauts who will relaunch human space flights from U.S.

    The engines fired successfully, but several valves failed to close, allowing toxic propellant to leak from the engine. Victor Glover , 42, and Michael Hopkins , 49, will fly on the first operational mission of SpaceX's crewed Dragon .
    Inter Milan strike personal terms with Real Madrid midfielder Modric

    Inter Milan strike personal terms with Real Madrid midfielder Modric

    According to 'El Mundo' , Real Madrid are extremely angry with both the player and his agents, Vlado Lemic and Predrag Mijatovic . After a dream tournament, it was expected that the former Tottenham player would return to Real Madrid's midfield.