Melania Trump’s parents get US citizenship

Last Updated: Aug 10 2018 15:16

WASHINGTON- First Lady Melania Trump’s Slovenian parents- Viktor and Amalija Knavs- have become US citizens in a private ceremony.

The couple took the oath of citizenship in New York on Thursday. They had been living in the US on green cards.

Their lawyer Michael Wildes called family-based migration "a bedrock of our immigration process", and when asked if the pair had gained citizenship through the system reportedly replied, "I suppose".

Ironically, President Trump has suggested ending family based immigration, arguing that migrants should be admitted into USA on the basis of their intelligence.

Melania became a US citizen in 2006. She entered the US on a coveted Einstein visa for people of "extraordinary ability" in 2001 when she was working as a model.