Melania Trump's Slovenian parents become U.S. citizens

Melania Trump's parents sworn in as US citizens report

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Melania Trump's parents were sworn in as United States citizens on Thursday, completing a legal path to citizenship that their son-in-law has suggested eliminating.

First lady Melania Trump's parents were sworn in as US citizens in New York City on Thursday.

The Knavses slipped in and out of a side entrance at a Manhattan federal building flanked by Department of Homeland Security police.

According to experts, there are two main ways the First Lady's parents could have achieved citizenship status - either through sponsorship from their daughter or an employer. The couple said little, other than Viktor telling a reporter "thank you" when asked how they felt about becoming Americans.

Mr Knavs was a auto dealer while Ms Knavs worked in a textile factory. Both are now believed to be retired.

It's unclear when the Knavses obtained permanent residency in the US, the Times reports, but Wildes said they met the five year requirement. As CNN notes, critics have pointed out that President Trump wants to end that type of family-based migration.

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Her spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, declined to comment. They had been living in the U.S.as permanent residents.

Experts estimate those measures, so far resisted by Congress, would cut legal immigration into the USA almost in half. Trump has advocated a "merit-based" system, but has not proposed any method of admitting immigrants to the United States to replace those categories.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs took their oaths in NY, the Associated Press reports.

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

Trump hasn't commented or tweeted about his in-laws' newfound citizenship.

The Knavses are from Slovenia, but now divide their time between New York City, Palm Beach, and Washington, D.C., where they stay with the Trumps in the White House.

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