A lawyer for Viktor and Amalija Knavs revealed the Slovenian couple, who had already been living in the USA as permanent residents, took the citizenship oath in New York City. First lady Melania Trump's parents have been sworn in as USA citizens.
The first lady's office declined to comment.
Melania Trump's parents have been sworn in as USA citizens.
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.More news: India vs England 2nd Test Day 1 live updates
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. Trump has sought to eliminate family-based sponsorship, which he calls "chain migration", and replace it with merit-based citizenship programs. A smaller number go to immigrants based on their employment, and other categories include refugees and other special cases.
The plan, which Trump reiterated last week at a Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania rally, 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 idea that family-based immigration could be labeled as "dirty" might have a lot to do with the Knavs' son-in-law.
While the Knavs now live in Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower in New York City, they didn't always live in luxury.More news: Israel Releases Footage of Gaza Sea Barrier
The Knavses raised Mrs Trump in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under Communist rule.
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