Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Trump’s in-laws just became US citizens via the 'chain migration' he hates

Trump’s in-laws just became US citizens via the 'chain migration' he hates

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 First Lady wears an nearly "naked" dress while accompanying her husband to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Her spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, declined to comment.

Melania Trump's parents have been sworn in as USA citizens.

It's unclear when they obtained their green cards, but usually, permanent residents have to hold green cards for five years before applying for citizenship.

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

President Trump has railed against family-based or "chain" immigration in the past.

"NOT ACCEPTABLE!" Wildes told The New York Times "I suppose" the Knavses obtained citizenship through chain migration, and called it a "dirtier" way of describing family-based immigration, "a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification".

The US allows a number of ways for US citizens and legal permanent residents to sponsor family members to come to the US permanently, including categories for parents, adult siblings and adult children, married and unmarried.

The Knavs are frequently with the Trump's and also travel with them.

"These doors that are in America remain hinged open to handsome people as they have today", Wildes said, adding, "We just thank everybody for their attention to this very important dialogue that we're having on immigration".

Currently, the majority of green card recipients receive them via family 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. A smaller number go to immigrants based on their employment, and other categories include refugees and other special cases.

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