Melania parents become United States citizens using 'chain migration' Donald Trump denounces

Amalija and Viktor Knavs

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.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of first lady Melania Trump, were granted citizenship Thursday, their immigration attorney, Michael Wildes, announced.

It is believed that Melania Trump, who is a USA citizen, has sponsored her parents for permanent residency.

The first lady's office declined to comment.

As CNN notes, critics have pointed out that President Trump wants to end that type of family-based migration.

In family-based immigration, adult American citizens can petition for residency for their parents, adult married children and siblings. "This is an example of it going right", he said. Politico said the parents were "expected to become more familiar figures around the White House, helping care for Barron, though they don't plan to relocate full time to Washington".

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

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Trump's plan, which Congress has resisted, would limit immigrants like his wife to sponsoring only their spouses and underage children to join them in the USA, not their parents, adult children or siblings.

The couple was escorted to and from the Manhattan ceremony by Homeland Security police.

Although Melania started from humble roots, she launched a successful modeling career prior to her marriage to the president. They had been living in the U.S.as permanent residents.

Typically, naturalisation ceremonies at 26 Federal Plaza are large events, where groups of immigrants are sworn in as citizens en masse, after reciting an oath and the Pledge of Allegiance. 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. Viktor was a vehicle dealer while Amalija worked in a textile factory. But the Knavses' lawyer said their ceremony was kept private for "security reasons".

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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. 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.

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