Melania Trump's Slovenian parents get US citizenship

Elias Hubbard
August 10, 2018

Melania Trump's parents were sworn in as US citizens Thursday. First lady Melania Trump's parents have been sworn in as US citizens.

The Times noted that the couple would have to have their green cards for five years to become eligible for citizenship. The Slovenian immigrants, a former vehicle dealer and textile factory worker, had been living in the permanent residents.

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

News photographers captured images of the couple as they arrived at a Manhattan federal building accompanied by Department of Homeland Security officers.

In 2001, Knauss was granted a green card in the elite EB-1 program, which was designed for renowned academic researchers, multinational business executives or those in other fields, such as Olympic athletes and Oscar-winning actors, who demonstrated "sustained national and global acclaim".

Trump has taken a hardline on immigration policy, criticizing so-called main migration that allows naturalized USA citizens to sponsor close relatives for permanent residency. Trump has advocated a "merit-based" system, but has not proposed any method of admitting immigrants to the United States to replace those categories. 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. Security guards and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services workers in offices adorned with President Trump's portrait said they were unaware of anyone being sworn in there on Thursday.

The first lady, born Melanija, changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modelling.

Viktor Knavs is 74, two years older than his son-in-law.

She settled in NY in 1996, met the future president two years later and became his third wife in 2005.

Trump hasn't commented or tweeted about his in-laws' newfound citizenship.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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