Viktor and Amalija Knavs (shown above), the parents of first lady Melania Trump, took the citizenship oath on Thursday, August 9, their lawyer, Michael Wildes, confirmed to Fox News.
The Knavs had been living in the U.S. since at least 2007; they had been lawful permanent residents of this country with green cards.
The couple was escorted to and from the Manhattan ceremony by police officers with U.S. Homeland Security, according to reports.
The first lady grew up in Slovenia with her parents while the country was still under communist rule.
Viktor Knavs, 74, worked as a car dealer.
His wife, Amalija Knavs, 73, was employed in a textile factory, as Fox News has noted.
In May of this year, the first lady’s parents made headlines after they were seen visiting a federal building in New York City with their immigration attorney, Fox News also reported.
Wildes, their attorney, said this in a statement to CNN: “It [the ceremony this week] went well and they are very grateful and appreciative of this wonderful day for their family.”
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But of course, it took most of the liberal mainstream media about a nanosecond to go after the in-laws of President Donald Trump about this development, as well as the president and the first lady themselves.
The New York Times led with this headline: “Melania Trump’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens, Using ‘Chain Migration’ Trump Hates.”
And there was this, from CNN: “Melania Trump Used Visa Opposed by Her Husband to Get Her Parents’ Citizenship.”
CNN also said this in its coverage of the development:
“I believe strongly in the principles of family reunification, which is a bedrock of immigration policy and law and has brought millions of people happily to our shores,” Wildes said.
Pressed on the fact that the president has harshly criticized family-based migration and regularly refers to it as “chain migration,” Wildes responded, “I can’t comment on the president’s politics when it comes to my clients but I have stood up against the president’s immigration policies personally.”
And then there were the tweets:
Donald Trump has railed against what he calls “chain migration” for years – which is a little awkward, considering it’s the reason his own in-laws were able to become U.S. citizens. @chrislhayes has the latest: https://t.co/IlgJQ0qOwX
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 10, 2018