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New York - Melania Trump's Parents Are Sworn In As US Citizens

Published on: August 9, 2018 04:00 PM
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Viktor, right, and Amalija Knavs arrive to take the oath of citizenship with their attorney Michael Wildes in New York, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. First lady Melania Trump's parents have been sworn in as U.S. citizens. Wildes says the Slovenian couple took the citizenship oath on Thursday in New York City. They had been living in the U.S. as permanent residents. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Viktor, right, and Amalija Knavs arrive to take the oath of citizenship with their attorney Michael Wildes in New York, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. First lady Melania Trump's parents have been sworn in as U.S. citizens. Wildes says the Slovenian couple took the citizenship oath on Thursday in New York City. They had been living in the U.S. as permanent residents. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

New York - First lady Melania Trump’s parents were sworn in as U.S. citizens Thursday.

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Viktor and Amalija Knavs, both in their 70s, took the citizenship oath at a special, private ceremony in New York City. The Slovenian immigrants, a former car dealer and textile factory worker, had been living in the U.S. as permanent residents.

The Knavses slipped in and out of a side entrance at a Manhattan federal building flanked by Department of Homeland Security police. They said little other than Viktor telling a reporter “thank you” when she asked how they felt about becoming Americans.

The couple’s lawyer said they had “travailed a wonderful journey.”

Lawyer Michael Wildes said the Knavses applied for citizenship on their own and didn’t get any special treatment. He wouldn’t say who sponsored their green cards.

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

Amid a bitter debate over immigration — particularly the Trump administration’s separation of children from families crossing the border illegally — Wildes said the Knavses’ attaining citizenship was “an example of it going right.”

Melania Trump, who has been vacationing with her husband in Bedminster, New Jersey, did not accompany her parents.

Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, declined to comment. She said the first lady’s parents “are not part of the administration and deserve privacy.”

President Donald Trump in January proposed ending most family-based immigration and replacing it with a skills-based system. The Republican president also called for eliminating a visa lottery program for people from countries under-represented in the U.S.

Trump’s plan, which Congress has resisted, would limit immigrants like his wife to sponsoring only their spouses and underage children to join them in the U.S., not their parents, adult children or siblings.

Experts estimate those measures would cut legal immigration into the U.S. nearly in half.

Wildes wouldn’t say how long the Knavses have lived in the U.S. Under the law, permanent residents must live in the country for at least five years before applying for citizenship.

The Knavses’ citizenship ceremony was kept hush-hush at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building. Security guards and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services workers in offices adorned with President Trump’s portrait said they were unaware of anyone being sworn in there on Thursday.

New citizens are normally minted on Fridays, they said, and often the ceremonies are held at the federal courthouse across the street.

The Knavses raised Melania, born Melanija, in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under Communist rule.

She attended high school in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, and changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modeling.

She settled in New York in 1996 and met Trump two years later. They married in 2005.

Viktor Knavs is 74, two years older than his son-in-law. Amalija is 73.

Trump hasn’t commented or tweeted about his in-laws’ newfound citizenship.

Around the same time the Knavses were completing the ceremony, he was tweeting his rage about the ongoing Russia 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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 Aug 09, 2018 at 04:06 PM Educated Archy Says:

Beautiful. I wish them well. And as the presdients shver they deserve the honor of moving to the head of the line. Its the least we can do for the man in the highest office,

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 Aug 09, 2018 at 05:46 PM Anonymous Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

Beautiful. I wish them well. And as the presdients shver they deserve the honor of moving to the head of the line. Its the least we can do for the man in the highest office,

nonsense

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 Aug 09, 2018 at 06:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Mazel Tov to them! I hope that the press treats them kindly, but I'm not optimistic. Incidentally, they are very good grandparents, as they help Melania with Barron.

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 Aug 09, 2018 at 08:24 PM Educated Archy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

nonsense

Please provide substance and explain why its nonsense. I think its only fair that the president who serves in the highest office be allowed to be near his family. Just like you wouldn't think its nonsense or nepotism is his wife moves into the WH. Certain things are understood.

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 Aug 09, 2018 at 08:47 PM hashomer Says:

As we re-live the events of 1933 with Trumpf goose-schlepper archie leading the way, it would be most interesting to learn if the Knavs family (changed to the German Knauss) served with the nazi Slovene Home Guard during the War. Fortunately, most of them were slaughtered by anti-fascist Partisans in May 1945...

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 Aug 09, 2018 at 10:52 PM Educated Archy Says:

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hashomer Says:

As we re-live the events of 1933 with Trumpf goose-schlepper archie leading the way, it would be most interesting to learn if the Knavs family (changed to the German Knauss) served with the nazi Slovene Home Guard during the War. Fortunately, most of them were slaughtered by anti-fascist Partisans in May 1945...

Play with emotions when all fails. just throw in nazis germany and right away it somehow validates your point even if it makes no sense. Brillant

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 Aug 10, 2018 at 02:10 AM Anonymous Says:

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hashomer Says:

As we re-live the events of 1933 with Trumpf goose-schlepper archie leading the way, it would be most interesting to learn if the Knavs family (changed to the German Knauss) served with the nazi Slovene Home Guard during the War. Fortunately, most of them were slaughtered by anti-fascist Partisans in May 1945...

time to wake up from ur nightmare. Trump is here. Stop the cursing.

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 Aug 10, 2018 at 06:27 AM Anonymous Says:

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hashomer Says:

As we re-live the events of 1933 with Trumpf goose-schlepper archie leading the way, it would be most interesting to learn if the Knavs family (changed to the German Knauss) served with the nazi Slovene Home Guard during the War. Fortunately, most of them were slaughtered by anti-fascist Partisans in May 1945...

You are so, so sick.

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 Aug 10, 2018 at 06:58 AM Anonymous Says:

To #5- Your posts are becoming more and more brilliant; even if their family did serve with that fascist organization, what does that have to do with them? According to your depraved logic, Arnold Schwarzenegger should also be condemned, because his Father was a Nazi.

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 Aug 10, 2018 at 08:24 AM Hiymishclown Says:

They better hope Trump doesn't divorce Melania during his term. Because ICE will be banging down their door quicker than you can say MAGA.

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 Aug 10, 2018 at 08:27 AM HashomerInStraightJacket Says:

Hashomer, amazing how you're able to get to a computer in the insane asylum.

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 Aug 10, 2018 at 11:21 AM Educated Archy Says:

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Hiymishclown Says:

They better hope Trump doesn't divorce Melania during his term. Because ICE will be banging down their door quicker than you can say MAGA.

No divorce plans are forthcoming. Melina knows about Trump already. His infidelity wasn't like this hidden secret when he married her. They have more like an open marriage. Not a jewish thing and not something I idolize at all.

As a side note , its frankly as low and disgusting for the fake news to sow these ideas in and attempt to wreck a marraige. Its really low.

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 Aug 10, 2018 at 12:24 PM Normandavid1 Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

No divorce plans are forthcoming. Melina knows about Trump already. His infidelity wasn't like this hidden secret when he married her. They have more like an open marriage. Not a jewish thing and not something I idolize at all.

As a side note , its frankly as low and disgusting for the fake news to sow these ideas in and attempt to wreck a marraige. Its really low.

Chain migration and open marriages.

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 Aug 10, 2018 at 03:10 PM Educated Archy Says:

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Normandavid1 Says:

Chain migration and open marriages.

Re open marriage point well taken. I won't dispute that its immoral.

Re chain migration you are dead wrong. There is an obvious distinction between regular citizens and the president. The president is and should be entitled to be with his family.

First of all yes its perk that someone in the highest office should have a right to have. It totally makes sense. Its fair to anyone not blinded by your Trump syndrome.

Secondly, logistically the president and his wife can't just hop on a plane and travel to a foreign country to visit their parents/ in laws like you and I could. Since they are inhibited it makes sense to logically grant chain migration rights to the POTUS but not to ordinary citizens.

Its really simple tricky yoni.

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 Aug 11, 2018 at 10:10 PM Anonymous Says:

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hashomer Says:

As we re-live the events of 1933 with Trumpf goose-schlepper archie leading the way, it would be most interesting to learn if the Knavs family (changed to the German Knauss) served with the nazi Slovene Home Guard during the War. Fortunately, most of them were slaughtered by anti-fascist Partisans in May 1945...

Trump Derangement Syndrome, you’re so so repetitive and boring, dont you have a new line yet?

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 Aug 11, 2018 at 10:11 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

You are so, so sick.

Agree! Why do u think they call it derangement syndrome?

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 Aug 11, 2018 at 10:11 PM Anonymous Says:

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HashomerInStraightJacket Says:

Hashomer, amazing how you're able to get to a computer in the insane asylum.

Lol! Either that, or he’s in prison!

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