Melania Trump's parents are now United States citizens

Melania Trump's parents sworn in as US citizens report

Melania Trump's parents sworn in as US citizens report

Melania Trump's parents were sworn in as United States citizens on Thursday, completing a legal path to citizenship that their son-in-law has suggested eliminating.

"They have travelled a wonderful journey like many have, like millions have", said lawyer Michael Wildes. President Trump has decried the policy that allows USA citizens to sponsor their parents and siblings for legal residency. "I've been a very staunch advocate against the president's policies myself as an immigration lawyer", Wildes said.

Amalija and Viktor Knavs, parents of first lady Melania Trump, walk on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, in June 2017.

President Trump has railed against family-based or "chain" immigration in the past. That type of family visa is exactly one of the categories that Trump and his allies have tried to repeal, saying they are harmful to the US. He confirmed that the first lady sponsored their green cards.

He frequently reminds his audiences of the October terror attack in NY, where Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, ploughed a pickup truck down a bike lane, killing eight people near the World Trade Center.

Trump has vehemently opposed the "chain migration" system, more commonly known as family-based immigration, that lets adult American citizens obtain citizenship for their relatives. The Knavses came and went from the ceremony at a Manhattan federal building flanked by Homeland Security police.

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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.

The Knavs were living in the United States as legal permanent residents with green cards prior to taking the final steps to become full citizens.

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

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Melania grew up in a two bedroom apartment in Sevnica, a small city formerly under communist control. Wildes called chain migration a "dirtier" way of characterizing "a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification", according to The New York Times.

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