Meet the newest US citizens: Melania Trump's parents

Melania Trump's parents are sworn in as U.S. citizens

First lady Melania Trump's parents have been sworn in as U.S. citizens.

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

When asked if the couple became citizens through chain migration, Wildes replied, "I suppose".

Wildes told ABC News "they applied on their own".

"He said, 'Hey look, there's people, nice people, they're relaxing, some are jogging, '" Donald Trump said during a rally last week in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, lamenting the lives lost and injured.

Ms Grisham directed further questions concerning the president's views on immigration - and the immigration status of his in-laws - to the West Wing, which did not immediately respond to emails and phone calls requesting comment.

President Donald Trump's parents-in-law have become USA citizens in a private ceremony. Viktor and Amalija Knavs have been living in the United States on as permanent residents on green cards.

The ceremony has prompted questions about Donald Trump's flagrant disregard for practising what he preaches, as the First Lady's parents obtained citizenship through a policy he has vocally denounced.

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The president proposed replacing most family-based immigration with a skills-based system after an attempted bombing by a Bangladeshi immigrant in NY last December.

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. He also called for eliminating a visa lottery program for people from countries under-represented in the U.S.

Experts estimate those measures would cut legal immigration into the US almost in half.

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

Typically, naturalisation ceremonies at the Jacob J Javits Federal Building at 26 Federal Plaza are large events, where groups of immigrants are sworn in as citizens en masse, after reciting an oath and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Wildes wouldn't say how long the Knavses have lived in the US.

Viktor Knavs was a vehicle salesman in the Slovenian town of Sevnica, while his wife Amalija worked at a textile factory.

Amalija is 73. The first lady, born Melanija, changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modeling.

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