Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Melania Trump's Slovenian parents become United States citizens

Melania Trump's parents sworn in as US citizens report Getty Images
Stacy Diaz | 10 August, 2018, 06:01

A source familiar with the situation told Yahoo News that the Knavses received their green cards before Trump was elected and that they were sponsored by their daughter.

President Donald Trump should have been moved this week when our nation of immigrants accepted two new Americans: first lady Melania Trump's parents, Amalia and Viktor Knavs.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, who are from Slovenia, had been living in the United States with green cards and have been frequently spotted in Washington since their son-in-law assumed the presidency.

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

"It went well and they are very grateful and appreciative of this wonderful day for their family", the Knavs' lawyer, Michael Wildes, said in a statement. The first lady herself was granted citizenship in 2006.

Currently, the majority of green card recipients receive them via family sponsorship.

The First Lady wears an nearly "naked" dress while accompanying her husband to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Melania Trump became a USA citizen in 2006 after marrying Trump the year before. A smaller number go to immigrants based on their employment, and other categories include refugees and other special cases.

Viktor, 74, is two years older than President Trump, an immigration hardliner whose zero tolerance policy on illegal border crossings resulted in the separation of more than 2,500 migrant children from their parents.

Their daughter, Melania, was raised under Communist rule in the town of Sevnica where her father worked as a vehicle dealer and her mom in a textile factory.

The first lady was named Melanija Knavs when she was born in Slovenia but later changed her name to Melania Knauss when she began her modeling career.