Meet the newest US citizens: Melania Trump’s parents

Amalija and Viktor Knavs parents of First Lady Melania Trump arrive with their lawyer Michael Wildes at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building

Melania Trump's parents get US citizenship

Later that month, he laid out his immigration plan in the State of the Union address, once again calling for an end to family-based immigration, saying it allows a single immigrant to "bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives". Her husband, Donald Trump, has proposed ending most family-based immigration, which he refers to as "chain migration". And unless the couple themselves divulge the timeline of their citizenship process, the applications and petitions are protected by privacy law.

I know it sounds extreme, but I'm 100-percent certain it's what President Trump would want us, as patriots, to do.

The AP writes that arriving at the ceremony, the Knavses "slipped in and out of a side entrance at a Manhattan federal building flanked by Department of Homeland Security police". That preferential program, popularly known as the "Einstein visa", is intended for immigrants with "extraordinary ability, [who] are an outstanding professor or researcher, or are a multinational executive or manager", according to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services.

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. She became a United States citizen in 2006.

Their lawyer said that the couple had met the five-year requirement, but added, "I can't give further comment".

Just months ago, on May 2, the couple was seen at a federal building in NY with their immigration attorney, Michael Wildes.

Usually naturalization ceremonies at the Jacob J. Javits Federal Building in the city are large events in which several immigrants are sworn in as citizens after reciting an oath and the Pledge of Allegiance.

"This golden experiment, these doors that are in America, remain hinged open to attractive people as they have today", Wildes said after the ceremony.

The USCIS district director Thomas Cioppa presided over the ceremony, Wildes said.

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

Melania grew up in a two bedroom apartment in Sevnica, a small city formerly under communist control. Trump has decried "chain migration", where adult USA citizens can obtain residency for their relatives, and tweeted on November 1, 2017, "CHAIN MIGRATION must end now!"

It is not infrequently the site of protests, but on Thursday, things were quiet as the First Lady's parents came and went.

Back in December, a tweet from the White House Twitter account read: "This system of Chain Migration de-skills the labor force, puts downward pressure on wages, increases the deficit, and undermines national security". "We saw an example of that today".

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