Melania Trump's parents get U.S. citizenship

Melania Trump's parents sworn in as US citizens report

Melania Trump's parents sworn in as US citizens report

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

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, both in their 70s, took the citizenship oath at a special, private ceremony in New York City.

Questions about the couple's immigration status intensified previous year as Trump mounted a push to slash legal immigration, including provisions to constrict the ability of US citizens from sponsoring their parents, adult children and siblings for green cards.

News photographers captured images of the couple as they arrived at a Manhattan federal building accompanied by Department of Homeland Security officers.

Under US immigration law, Melania's parents would need to have had green cards for at least five years before they could apply for citizenship.

Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, declined to comment.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs had been living in the United States as permanent residents.

Along with targeting illegal immigration, Donald Trump has proposed sharply curbing legal immigration.

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.

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

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, 73 and 71 years old, respectively, are retired, and they maintain regular contact with the Trump family, often traveling with the first family on trips to Mar-a-Lago and Bedminster, New Jersey.

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 modeling.

A former model known as Melania Knauss, she arrived in NY in 1996 and began dating Trump in 2000.

Around the same time the Knavses were completing the ceremony, he was tweeting his rage about the ongoing Russian Federation probe ("an illegally brought Rigged Witch Hunt") and his excitement about plans for a sixth branch of the military ("Space Force all the way!").

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