Donald Trump's in-laws obtain U.S. citizenship through immigration programme he opposes

Melania Trump's parents sworn in as US citizens report

Melania Trump's parents sworn in as US citizens report

The first lady's Slovenian-born parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, were sworn in in New York City, their lawyer Michael Wildes said, adding that the couple received no preferential treatment.

On Thursday, the president and first lady were vacationing at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, New Jersey, and she did not accompany her parents to the ceremony. He did not specify whether this meant the Knavses had been sponsored by their daughter.

Asked if the Knavses had obtained citizenship through "chain migration", their lawyer said, "I suppose".

"I can not comment on the president's politics when it comes to my clients but I have stood up against the president's immigration policies personally", the lawyer said.

Mr Trump has pledged to end "chain migration" saying his plan would "focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children".

In January, in the president's annual State of the Union address, Trump said, "In recent weeks, two terrorist attacks in NY were made possible by the visa lottery and chain migration".

When Trump began her modelling career, while still a teenager, the whole family sensed opportunity, according to those who knew them in Slovenia.

Canada has a MERIT-BASED system, while the United States prioritizes more FAMILY-based immigration.

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The couple's lawyer said they had "travailed a wonderful journey". "This is a very important example of it going right".

Viktor is 74, two years older than President Donald Trump.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News.

Melania Trump became a citizen in 2006 after obtaining a green card.

Beyond the additional security present at the ceremony, the Knavs followed the same process of tests, interviews, and paperwork that every other citizenship candidate has to complete.

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.

The Times noted that the couple would have to have their green cards for five years to become eligible for citizenship. Under immigration statutes, the Knavses would have needed to have their green cards for at least five years in order to apply for citizenship, along with fulfilling character, residency and civic knowledge requirements. They had no comment at the time, but the building where they were spotted holds offices where federal immigration officials process applications for citizenship.

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