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Melania Trump's parents sworn in as USA citizens

Melania Trump's parents sworn in as USA citizens”

A source familiar with the situation told Yahoo News that the Knavses received their green cards before Trump was elected and that they were sponsored by their daughter.

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

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of First Lady Melania Trump, have been sworn in as United States citizens, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

The Knavs were sworn in as US citizens on Thursday in Lower Manhattan, The New York Times reported.

President Donald Trump's in-laws, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, took the oath of citizenship, Wildes said. Wildes said the first lady sponsored her parents for their green cards, and once eligible, they applied for citizenship. Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, declined to comment on the Knavses' citizenship proceedings or whether the first lady supports her husband's efforts to limit family-based sponsorship.

Viktor, 74, is two years older than President Trump, an immigration hardliner whose zero tolerance policy on illegal border crossings resulted in the separation of more than 2,500 migrant children from their parents.

It's unclear whether Mr and Mrs Knavs had their green cards granted by a process the President Trump has sought to end.

Back in February, the Washington Post reported Melania's parents had become legal permanent residents, had obtained green cards, and were awaiting scheduling for their naturalization oath. A smaller number go to immigrants based on their employment, and other categories include refugees and other special cases.

The couple met in Sevnica, Slovenia in 1966, and Melania was born in the same town.

She attended high school in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, and changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modelling.



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