First Lady Melania Trump's Mom & Dad Become US Citizens

Amalija and Viktor Knavs parents of First Lady Melania Trump arrive with their lawyer Michael Wildes at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of first lady Melania Trump, were granted citizenship Thursday, their immigration attorney, Michael Wildes, announced.

"This golden experiment, these doors that are in America, remain hinged open to handsome people as they have today", Wildes said.

There has been speculation that the President Donald Trump's in-laws may have benefited from the "chain migration" process that he has claimed endangers Americans and vowed to restrict. Security guards and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services workers in offices adorned with President Trump's portrait said they were unaware of anyone being sworn in there on Thursday.

"It went well and they are very grateful and appreciative of this wonderful day for their family", he said in a statement to CNN.

Melania Trump, who has been vacationing with her husband in Bedminster, New Jersey, did not accompany her parents.

The couple, who had been living in the USA on green cards sponsored by Mrs Trump, took the citizenship oath in NY.

Their lawyer said the couple had met the five-year requirement, but added, "I can't give further comment". They tend to keep a low profile despite spending some time at the White House, much like how former first lady Michelle Obama's mother lived at the White House where she focused on helping raise the Obamas' daughters.

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

The Knavses' citizenship ceremony was kept hush-hush at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building.

The couple are natives of Slovenia, where they raised Melania, but have been in the U.S. for more than a decade, says their immigration lawyer, per CNBC.

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

While the Knavs now live in Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower in New York City, they didn't always live in luxury.

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

Melania Trump became a USA citizen in 2006 after marrying Trump the year before.

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