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Melania Trump’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens

Melania Trump’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of First Lady Melania Trump, have been sworn in as United States citizens, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

Just months ago, on May 2, the couple was seen at a federal building in NY with their immigration attorney, Michael Wildes.

Security guards and US Citizenship and Immigration Services workers in offices adorned with Donald Trump's portrait said they were unaware of anyone being sworn in there on Thursday.

Trump has taken a hardline on immigration policy, criticizing so-called main migration that allows naturalized United States citizens to sponsor close relatives for permanent residency. "I've been a very staunch advocate against the president's policies myself as an immigration lawyer", Wildes said.

The Knavs were sworn in as USA citizens on Thursday in Lower Manhattan, The New York Times reported.

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It is unclear when the Knavses first moved to the country, but by late 2007, Viktor Knavs was listed in public records as residing at Mar-a-Lago, Trump's private club in Palm Beach, Florida, according to the Washington Post. Melania Trump, originally from Slovenia, sponsored her parents so they could obtain a green card before applying for US citizenship.

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

"This golden experiment, these doors that are in America, remain hinged open to handsome people as they have today", Wildes said.

While they reside for the most part in New York, AP notes that they've also spent an ample amount of time in the nation's capital helping to take care of their grandson, 12-year-old Barron Trump.

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