Melania Trump's parents get United States citizenship

Amalija and Viktor Knavs parents of First Lady Melania Trump arrive with their lawyer Michael Wildes at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building

Amalija and Viktor Knavs parents of First Lady Melania Trump arrive with their lawyer Michael Wildes at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building

The first lady herself was granted citizenship in 2006.

Mrs Trump's parents, a former auto dealer and textile factory worker, are Slovenian immigrants who had been living in the U.S. as permanent residents.

They had been living in the United States as permanent residents.

Canada has a MERIT-BASED system, while the United States prioritizes more FAMILY-based immigration.

Tweeting on November 2, 2017, he said: "CHAIN MIGRATION must end now!" 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 attractive people as they have today.

First lady Melania Trump's parents officially became US citizens on Thursday.

Viktor and Amalija made an appearance with their attorney, Michael Wildes, outside the federal building in Manhattan where they took the citizenship oath. The process is more commonly known as family-based immigration.

He said: "It's a dirty - a dirtier word", but added: "It stands for a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification".

He said the pair had been living in the USA on green cards sponsored by Mrs Trump. Green cards can also be obtained through employment, receiving asylum or refugee status, or in other special circumstances.

Under immigration law, Melania Trump's parents would need to have possessed green cards for at least five years before they could apply for citizenship. They had been living in the U.S.as permanent residents.

Trump has taken a hardline on immigration policy, criticizing so-called main migration that allows naturalized U.S. citizens to sponsor close relatives for permanent residency.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs are retired, and regularly go on trips with the Trumps to Mar-a-Lago and Bedminster, New Jersey.

The Knavses are from Slovenia, but now divide their time between New York City, Palm Beach, and Washington, D.C., where they stay with the Trumps in the White House.

The Knavses raised Mrs Trump in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under Communist rule.

Although Melania started from humble roots, she launched a successful modeling career prior to her marriage to the president.

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