Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Donald Trump`s in-laws become United States citizens using `chain migration` he denounces

Donald Trump`s in-laws become United States citizens using `chain migration` he denounces

It is believed that Melania Trump, who is a United States citizen, has sponsored her parents for permanent residency.

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

A lawyer for Viktor and Amalija Knavs says the Slovenian couple took the citizenship oath on Thursday in New York City. "It's a dirty? a dirtier word", he said, but added that "it stands for a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification".

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

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".

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

Under US law they must have been permanent residents for five years before applying to become citizens, and the time to process an application can take several months thereafter.

The couple was escorted to and from the Manhattan ceremony by Homeland Security police.

"This golden experiment, these doors that are in America, remain hinged open to lovely people as they have today", Wildes said after the ceremony, according to The Associated Press.

According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website, an average naturalisation application in NY takes between 11 and 21 months and is dependent on numerous character and residency requirements. She became a U.S. citizen in 2006. That preferential program, popularly known as the "Einstein visa", is intended for immigrants with "extraordinary ability, [who] are an outstanding professor or researcher, or are a multinational executive or manager", according to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services.

However it's unclear whether their green cards were granted by a process the President has sought to end.

The Knavs' immigration attorney accompanied the couple to the ceremony.

Presiding over the ceremony was NY district director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Thomas Cioppa. She met Donald Trump in New York City in 1998.

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

Viktor Knavs is 74, two years older than his son-in-law. Amalija Knavs had harvested onions on her family's farm, then worked in a textile factory, and sewed her two daughters' clothes. 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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