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First Lady's Parents Become US Citizens

First Lady's Parents Become US Citizens

Michael Wildes, the attorney for the first lady's parents Viktor and Amalija Knavs, told The New York Times on Thursday that their daughter had sponsored them for a green card, and that they applied for citizenship once they were eligible. Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, declined to comment on the Knavses' citizenship proceedings or whether the first lady supports her husband's efforts to limit family-based sponsorship.

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

Wildes wouldn't say how long the Knavses have lived in the U.S. Under the law, permanent residents must live in the country for at least five years before applying for citizenship. As CNN notes, critics have pointed out that President Trump wants to end that type of family-based migration.

President Donald Trump's parents-in-law have become U.S. citizens in a private ceremony. A smaller number go to immigrants based on their employment, and other categories include refugees and other special cases. "I've been a very staunch advocate against the president's policies myself as an immigration lawyer", Wildes said.

Trump has taken a hardline on immigration policy, criticizing so-called main migration that allows naturalized United States citizens to sponsor close relatives for permanent residency.




The idea that family-based immigration could be labeled as "dirty" might have a lot to do with the Knavs' son-in-law.

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

While they reside for the most part in New York, AP notes that they've also spent an ample amount of time in the nation's capital helping to take care of their grandson, 12-year-old Barron Trump.

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


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