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

Melania Trump's parents sworn in as US citizens report

Melania Trump's parents were sworn in as US citizens Thursday.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of First Lady Melania Trump, have been sworn in as United States citizens, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

Melania Trump - who has been vacationing with her husband U.S. President Donald Trump in Bedminster, N.J. - did not accompany her parents.

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".

Mr Wildes defended the process by which the Knavs attained citizenship, despite the Trump administration's efforts to end "chain" or family-based immigration. Trump has advocated a "merit-based" system, but has not proposed any method of admitting immigrants to the U.S. to replace those categories.

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".

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

He argues instead for a merit-based system prioritising professionals over relatives, and has drawn criticism for his vocal attacks on immigration laws and immigrants.

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The Federal Building also houses immigration court and the local offices of the Department of Homeland Security, and its subsidiary, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, who are from Slovenia, had previously been living in the U.S.as legal permanent residents with green cards.

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The first lady was born in Slovenia, then part of Yugoslavia, in 1970. Viktor was a auto dealer.

She settled in NY in 1996, met the future president two years later and became his third wife in 2005.

According to news reports, she entered the country in 2001 on a so-called Einstein visa for "individuals of extraordinary ability" as a model. Now that the couple are US citizens, it's important to note the president's hypocrisy when it comes to immigration policies.

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

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

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