Melania's parents become U.S. citizens under rules her husband despises

Melania's parents become U.S. citizens under rules her husband despises

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of first lady Melania Trump, were granted USA citizenship on Thursday through a process President Trump wants to eliminate. First lady Melania Trump's parents have been sworn in as USA citizens.

The Knavs stood by Wildes side when he made the announcement The First Lady's office refused to comment on the development, CNN reported.

In 1996, she moved to New York City where she worked as a model and met Donald Trump two years later.

In family-based immigration, adult American citizens can petition for residency for their parents, adult married children and siblings.

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

"He said: 'Hey look, there's people, nice people, they're relaxing, some are jogging, '" Mr Trump said during a rally last week in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, lamenting the lives lost and those who were injured.

There are only a handful of ways immigrants can obtain green cards, and the largest share of them each year are given out based on familial connections.

There are only a handful of ways that immigrants to the USA can obtain green cards, and the largest share of them each year are given out based on familial connections.

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President Trump has previously spoken out against family-based migration, calling instead for a system that prioritises professionals and skilled migrants over relatives of...

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

She attended high school in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, and changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modelling. They would appreciate their privacy and we just thank everybody for their attention to this very important dialogue that we are having on immigration. To apply for USA citizenship, a person must have a green card for at least five years, plus meet the character, residency, and civic knowledge requirements.

Mr Knavs was a auto dealer while Ms Knavs worked in a textile factory.

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

The Knavses' lawyer said their ceremony was kept private for "security reasons".

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

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