Meet the newest US citizens: Melania Trump's parents

Meet the newest US citizens: Melania Trump's parents

Melania Trump's parents were briskly sworn in as citizens of the United States in NY on Thursday (Aug 9).

A source with direct knowledge of Melania Trump's parents and their immigration status told CNN that Melania Trump sponsored her parents for their green cards, a status that allowed them to live and work in the USA indefinitely and paved the way for citizenship.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, 73 and 71 years old, respectively, are retired, and they maintain regular contact with the Trump family, often traveling with the first family on trips to Mar-a-Lago and Bedminster, New Jersey.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, who are from Slovenia, had previously been living in the U.S.as legal permanent residents with green cards.

Homeland Security Police also escorted the Knavs both in and out of the ceremony, which was held at a federal building in Manhattan.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News.

Their son-in-law has frequently attacked USA immigration laws, calling them the "dumbest laws on immigration in the world".

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"I can confirm they are green card holders and legal permanent residents of the United States", he said.

Trump has taken a hardline on immigration policy, criticizing so-called main migration that allows naturalized U.S. citizens to sponsor close relatives for permanent residency.

US President Donald Trump often rails against family-based immigration in his rallies, frequently reminding his audience of the October terror attack in NY, where Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan plowed a pickup truck down a bike lane, killing eight people near the World Trade Center.

News of the ceremony prompted an immediate response on Twitter, with tweets ranging from "welcome!" to "unfreakingbelievable".

The Knavses' lawyer said their ceremony was kept private for "security reasons".

The Knavses raised Mrs Trump in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under Communist rule.

The first lady, born Melanija, changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modelling. Curious about the cameras, bystanders wandered over. One for the people who have no power, and one for the people who we are letting in through the VIP entrance.

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