Melania Trump's parents become United States citizens

  • Melania Trump's parents become United States citizens

Melania Trump's parents become United States citizens

A lawyer for Viktor and Amalija Knavs said the Slovenian couple took the citizenship oath on Thursday in New York City.

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

Viktor and Amalija Knavs took their oaths in NY, the Associated Press reports.

The Knavs were sworn in as US citizens on Thursday in Lower Manhattan, The New York Times reported.

They came and went from the ceremony at a federal building flanked by Homeland Security police.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News.

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

They had been living in the United States as permanent residents. Wildes said the first lady sponsored her parents for their green cards, and once eligible, they applied for citizenship.

The first lady's office declined to comment.

Mr Wildes did not explain how they got those green cards, raising the prospect they were sponsored by Melania Trump or another family member based on what Mr Trump has called "chain migration" or family-based migration. Trump has advocated a "merit-based" system, but has not proposed any method of admitting immigrants to the U.S. to replace those categories. Experts estimate that could cut overall immigration to the United States by 40% to 50%, if those green cards are not reallocated to another category.

New citizens are normally minted on Fridays, they said, and often the ceremonies are held at the federal courthouse across the street.

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

She settled in NY in 1996 and met Mr Trump two years later.

Although Melania started from humble roots, she launched a successful modeling career prior to her marriage to the president. They married in 2005.

She settled in NY in 1996 and met Mr Trump two years later.

Melania Trump became a US citizen in 2006 after marrying Trump the year before.

Around the same time the Knavses were completing the ceremony, he was tweeting his rage about the ongoing Russian Federation probe ("an illegally brought Rigged Witch Hunt") and his excitement about plans for a sixth branch of the military ("Space Force all the way!").