First lady Melania Trump’s parents are new U.S. citizens, after taking the oath of citizenship in a private ceremony at their attorney’s office Thursday.
Viktor and Amalija Knavs, 73 and 71 years old respectively, obtained their citizenship through a sponsorship by their daughter, according to CNN, in a category of family visas Trump administration officials have called “chain migration” and want to end.
The Knavs are from Slovenia, but were living in the United States for more than a decade before becoming permanent legal residents, CNBC reported, citing the couple’s immigration lawyer Michael Wildes.
Wildes said the Knavses citizenship journey “was no different than anybody else’s,” according to CNBC.
The White House refused to comment on the first lady’s parents’ new status as U.S. citizens.
Thank you for reading the Journal-News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.
Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Journal-News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.