Trump’s inlaws become US citizens under rules he hates
10 August, 2018, 11:04 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
The latter is unlikely, since applicants must prove they could do a job no other American could.
The family lawyer confirms the Slovenian couple took the citizenship oath in New York City. He wouldn't say who sponsored their green cards.
Mr Trump has pledged to end "chain migration" saying his plan would "focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children". They made their first trip to America in 2004.
"It went well and they are very grateful and appreciative of this wonderful day for their family", he said in a statement to CNN.
"Once they had the green card, they then applied for citizenship when they were eligible", he said.
On Thursday, the president and first lady were vacationing at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, New Jersey, and she did not accompany her parents to the ceremony.
In addition, Trump is also readying a proposal that would make it hard for legal immigrants to obtain citizenship.
President Trump has previously spoken out against family-based migration, calling instead for a system that prioritises professionals and skilled migrants over relatives of... He also called for eliminating a visa lottery program for people from countries underrepresented in the US.
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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 USA, not their parents, adult children or siblings.
Experts estimate those measures, so far resisted by Congress, would cut legal immigration into the United States almost in half.
When asked if the couple became citizens through chain migration, Wildes replied, "I suppose".
The Knavses' citizenship ceremony was kept hush-hush around the Jacob K Javits Federal Building.
"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.
New citizens are normally minted on Fridays, they said, and often the ceremonies are held at the federal courthouse across the street.
The couple met in Sevnica, Slovenia in 1966, and Melania was born in the same town. They married in 2005.
Viktor, 74, is two years older than President Trump, an immigration hardliner whose zero tolerance policy on illegal border crossings resulted in the separation of more than 2,500 migrant children from their parents.
Trump hasn't commented or tweeted about his in-laws' newfound citizenship.
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