Melania Trump's parents take USA citizenship oath

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Viktor and Amalija Knavs, both in their 70s, took the citizenship oath at a special, private ceremony in New York City.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, Melania Trump's Slovenian-born parents, took the oath of citizenship in NY on Thursday, their lawyer confirmed, BBC reported.

Under immigration law, Melania Trump's parents would need to have possessed green cards for at least five years before they could apply for citizenship. He did not specify whether this meant the Knavses had been sponsored by their daughter. Now that the couple are USA citizens, it's important to note the president's hypocrisy when it comes to immigration policies.

Trump has taken a hardline on immigration policy, criticizing so-called chain migration that allows naturalised USA citizens to sponsor close relatives for permanent residency.

In November, he had tweeted, "CHAIN MIGRATION must end now!" "Some people come in, and they bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil".

President Trump has previously spoken out against family-based migration, calling instead for a system that prioritises professionals and skilled migrants over relatives of... "The application, the process, the interview was no different than anybody else's, other than security arrangements to facilitate today".

"These doors that are in America remain hinged open to handsome people as they have today".

"We just thank everybody for their attention to this very important dialogue that we're having on immigration", said Wildes, who pointed out that his father had represented John Lennon in his immigration case. "This is an example of it going right".

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She settled in NY in 1996 and met Mr Trump two years later.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News.

The ceremony has prompted questions about Donald Trump's flagrant disregard for practising what he preaches, as the First Lady's parents obtained citizenship through a policy he has vocally denounced.

She settled in NY in 1996 and met Trump two years later.

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 report said. Experts estimate that could cut overall immigration to the USA by 40% to 50%, if those green cards are not reallocated to another category. They had no comment at the time, but the building where they were spotted holds offices where federal immigration officials process applications for citizenship.

The Knavs' immigration attorney accompanied the couple to the ceremony.

Asked by the New York Times if they had obtained citizenship under a program derisively branded "chain migration" by the president, Wildes replied: "I suppose".

The Knavses raised daughter Melania in the city of Sevnica, while Slovenia was under communist rule.

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