Melania Trump’s Slovenian parents get USA citizenship

Amalija and Viktor Knavs

First lady Melania Trump's Slovenian-born parents were sworn-in as US citizens Thursday, benefiting from a path to citizenship known as family-based immigration that the president and others have derisively dubbed "chain migration".

That's why we must all come together as Americans - right now - and demand the immediate deportation of First Lady Melania Trump's potentially truly evil parents.

"It went well and they are very grateful and appreciative of this wonderful day for their family", the couple's immigration attorney, Michael Wildes, said. And yet, here are his wife's parents, gladly getting the US citizenship that their son-in-law wants to virtually bring to an end within the next couple of years.

The first lady's office declined to comment.

The Knavses slipped in and out of a side entrance at a Manhattan federal building flanked by Department of 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.

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

The Knavses frequently travel with the Trumps and split their time between New York, Palm Beach and Washington, where they stay in the White House, the NYT report added. It's unclear when the Knavses obtained permanent residency in the USA, the Times reports, but Wildes said they met the five year requirement.

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. She became a United States citizen in 2006.

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.

If that's all true, then Melania Trump's parents are a clear and present danger.

It is unclear as to when or how the couple received green cards. According to news reports, Melania came to the USA in 2001 on a so-called Einstein visa for "individuals of extraordinary ability" as a model.

The USCIS district director Thomas Cioppa presided over the ceremony, Wildes said.

Viktor, 74, is two years older than President Trump.

The Knavses raised Melania, born Melanija, in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under communist rule. Viktor, 74, was a auto dealer while Amalija, 73, worked in a textile factory.

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