Meet the newest US citizens: Melania Trump’s parents

Meet the newest US citizens: Melania Trump’s parents

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.

She settled in NY in 1996 and met Trump two years later.

When the Times asked Wildes if the Knavs obtained their citizenship through family-based immigration ― often pejoratively referred to as "chain migration" ― Wildes was vague.

Beyond the additional security present at the ceremony, the Knavs followed the same process of tests, interviews, and paperwork that every other citizenship candidate has to complete.

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Viktor, right, and Amalija Knavs arrive to take the oath of citizenship with their attorney Michael Wildes in New York, Thursday, August 9.

Trump's plan, which Congress has resisted, would limit immigrants like his wife to sponsoring only their spouses and underage children to join them in the US, not their parents, adult children or siblings.

Melania Trump became a US citizen in 2006 after marrying Trump the year before. 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. That type of family visa is exactly one of the categories that Trump and his allies have tried to repeal, saying they are harmful to the US.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs took their oaths in NY, the Associated Press reports. Wildes briefly spoke to reporters and said the pair went through "a wonderful journey like most have ... in getting citizenship". He wouldn't say who sponsored their green cards. A smaller number go to immigrants based on their employment, and other categories include refugees and other special cases.

Viktor is 74, two years older than President Donald Trump. However, the attorney offered his own views on the matter. "I've been a very staunch advocate against the president's policies myself as an immigration lawyer", Wildes said.

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