Melania Trump's parents get U.S. citizenship

Melania Trump's parents get U.S. citizenship

The US gained two new citizens of note on Thursday: Viktor and Amalija Knavs, parents of first lady Melania Trump. Wildes said the first lady sponsored her parents for their green cards, and once eligible, they applied for citizenship.

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

The plan, which Trump reiterated last week at a Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania rally, would limit immigrants like his wife to sponsoring only their spouses and underage children to join them in the U.S. - not their parents, adult children or siblings.

Under US immigration law, Melania's parents would need to have had green cards for at least five years before they could apply for citizenship.

President Donald Trump's in-laws, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, took the oath of citizenship, Wildes said.

President Trump has railed against family-based or "chain" immigration in the past.

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"These doors that are in America remain hinged open to attractive people as they have today", Wildes said, adding, "We just thank everybody for their attention to this very important dialogue that we're having on immigration".

She settled in NY in 1996 and met Trump two years later. He wouldn't say who sponsored their green cards.

She settled in NY in 1996 and met Mr Trump two years later. "I've been a very staunch advocate against the president's policies myself as an immigration lawyer", Wildes said. Green cards can also be obtained through employment, receiving asylum or refugee status, or in other special circumstances.

Viktor Knavs was a vehicle salesman in the Slovenian town of Sevnica, while his wife Amalija worked at a textile factory.

The first lady was named Melanija Knavs when she was born in Slovenia but later changed her name to Melania Knauss when she began her modeling career.

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