Melania Trump’s parents sworn in as U.S. citizens

Melania Trump’s parents have been sworn in as U.S. citizens Thursday.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, each in their 70s, took the citizenship oath at a particular, non-public ceremony in New York Metropolis. The Slovenian immigrants, a former automotive vendor and textile manufacturing facility employee, had been residing in the U.S. as everlasting residents.

The Knavses slipped in and out of a aspect entrance at a Manhattan federal constructing flanked by Division of Homeland Safety police. They stated little apart from Viktor telling a reporter “thanks” when she requested how they felt about turning into Individuals.

The couple’s lawyer stated that they had “travailed a beautiful journey.”

Lawyer Michael Wildes stated the Knavses utilized for citizenship on their very own and did not get any particular therapy. He would not say who sponsored their inexperienced playing cards.

“This golden experiment, these doorways which can be in America, stay hinged open to lovely folks as they’ve right now,” Wildes stated.

Melania Trump, second left, is seen along with her son Barron, left, her mom, second from proper, and husband Donald Trump on the White Home in June. (Susan Walsh/Related Press)

Amid a bitter debate over immigration — significantly the Trump administration’s separation of youngsters from households crossing the border illegally — Wildes stated the Knavses’ attaining citizenship was “an instance of it going proper.”

Melania Trump — who has been vacationing along with her husband U.S. President Donald Trump in Bedminster, N.J. — didn’t accompany her parents.

Her spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, declined to remark. She stated the primary woman’s parents “aren’t a part of the administration and deserve privateness.”

Robust on immigration

The president in January proposed ending most family-based immigration and changing it with a skills-based system. He additionally referred to as for eliminating a visa lottery program for folks from nations under-represented in the U.S.

Trump’s plan, which Congress has resisted, would restrict immigrants like his spouse to sponsoring solely their spouses and underage youngsters to affix them in the U.S., not their parents, grownup youngsters or siblings.

Consultants estimate these measures would reduce authorized immigration into the U.S. almost in half.

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Wildes would not say how lengthy the Knavses have lived in the U.S. Beneath the legislation, everlasting residents should stay in the nation for not less than 5 years earlier than making use of for citizenship.

The Knavses’ citizenship ceremony was stored hush-hush on the Jacob Ok. Javits Federal Constructing. Safety guards and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Providers staff in places of work adorned with President Trump’s portrait stated they have been unaware of anybody being sworn in there on Thursday.

New citizens are usually minted on Fridays, they stated, and sometimes the ceremonies are held on the federal courthouse throughout the road.

Raised underneath Communism

The Knavses raised Melania, born Melanija, in the agricultural industrial city of Sevnica whereas Slovenia was underneath Communist rule.

She attended highschool in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, and altered her title to Melania Knauss when she began modelling.

She settled in New York in 1996 and met Trump two years later. They married in 2005.

The Knavses raised Melania, born Melanija, in the agricultural industrial city of Sevnica whereas Slovenia was underneath Communist rule. (Darko Bandic/Related Press)

Viktor Knavs is 74, two years older than his son-in-law. Amalija is 73.

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

Across the similar time the Knavses have been finishing the ceremony, he was tweeting his rage concerning the ongoing Russia probe (“an illegally introduced Rigged Witch Hunt”) and his pleasure about plans for a sixth department of the navy (“Area Power all the best way!”).


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