Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Melania Trump's parents sworn in as USA citizens

Melania Trump's parents sworn in as USA citizens

FIRST lady Melania Trump's parents have become U.S. citizens today through a process that her husband has vowed to end. He confirmed that the first lady sponsored their green cards.

They came and went from the ceremony at a federal building flanked by Homeland Security police. They got no special treatment during the process, their attorney said.

Their ceremony was private for "security reasons", attorney Michael Wildes said.

"They would appreciate their privacy and we just thank everybody for their attention for this very important dialogue we're having on immigration".

"It went well and they are very grateful and appreciative of this wonderful day for their family", he said in a statement to CNN.

In November, Trump tweeted that the process "must end now!"

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

It's unclear when they obtained their green cards, but usually, permanent residents have to hold green cards for five years before applying for citizenship. Citizenship for Melania Trump's parents have set tongues wagging.

Wildes called family-based migration "a bedrock of our immigration process", and when asked if the pair had gained citizenship through the system reportedly replied, "I suppose".

Wildes wouldn't say how long the Knavses have lived in the US.

Advocates for restricting legal immigration have pointed to the imbalance in favor of family connections as evidence of the need for reform, calling for a "merit-based" system that would choose immigrants based on need in the US.

The first lady was born in Slovenia, then part of Yugoslavia, in 1970.

Melania Trump became a citizen in 2006 after obtaining a green card.

They raised Melania in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under Communist rule.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News.

The first lady was not present for the ceremony, and her parents told their lawyer she was in Bedminster, New Jersey, where the president spends time in the summer at Trump National Golf Club.

Viktor Knavs, a auto salesman in Slovenia, and Amalija, who worked in a textile factory, are over 70 years old, retired and pass much of the year in the United States, where they regularly spend time with their daughter and grandson Barron. 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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