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Melania Trump's Parents Get US Citizenship Under Programme Slammed By Trump by afroniger: 9:40am On Aug 10
AFP•August 10, 2018




New York (AFP) - The Slovenian-born parents of Melania Trump became US citizens at a naturalization ceremony in New York on Thursday, reportedly taking advantage of a family reunification program President Donald Trump has vehemently denounced.

Trump's in-laws Viktor and Amalija Knavs took the oath of citizenship, their immigration lawyer Michael Wildes confirmed to AFP.

Asked by the New York Times if they had obtained citizenship under a program derisively branded "chain migration" by the president, Wildes replied: "I suppose."

He said chain migration, which allows naturalized US citizens to sponsor close relatives for permanent residency, was a "dirtier" way of characterizing what he called "a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification."

Trump has taken a hardline on immigration policy, criticizing so-called chain migration.

The Republican president has said such a system steals jobs from Americans and threatens national security, calling for a merit-based system that gives preference to more educated, English-speaking professionals.

- 'NOT ACCEPTABLE!' -

Writing on Twitter in November, Trump made his views on the system clear.

"CHAIN MIGRATION must end now! Some people come in, and they bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil. NOT ACCEPTABLE!"

He frequently cites the example of Sayfullo Saipov, a naturalized immigrant from Uzbekistan who drove a rented truck down a busy bike path in New York in October, killing eight people and injuring 12, to illustrate why the family reunification program must be ended.

Highlighting the administration's approach to immigration, the naturalization took place as a Washington federal judge threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of court after the government moved to deport a mother and daughter, despite an order halting such a move.

The woman, referred to as "Carmen," and her daughter were part of a group of immigrants who had fled "extreme sexual and gang violence" in Central America, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

It is not clear when the Knavs couple obtained their green cards, though their status as permanent residents was first revealed by Wildes in February.

Melania Trump, the 48-year-old first lady, was their sponsor, Wildes told the Times.

Under US law they must have been permanent residents for five years before applying to become citizens, and the time to process an application can take several months thereafter.

Viktor Knavs, a car salesman in Slovenia, and Amalija, who worked in a textile factory, are over 70 years old, retired and pass much of the year in the United States, where they regularly spend time with their daughter and grandson Barron.

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Re: Melania Trump's Parents Get US Citizenship Under Programme Slammed By Trump by FortifiedCity: 9:41am On Aug 10
Trump is better than buhari.
Re: Melania Trump's Parents Get US Citizenship Under Programme Slammed By Trump by bjayx: 9:42am On Aug 10
Double standards

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Re: Melania Trump's Parents Get US Citizenship Under Programme Slammed By Trump by dukie25: 9:46am On Aug 10
I hate Trump with passion.

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Re: Melania Trump's Parents Get US Citizenship Under Programme Slammed By Trump by Babyforever(f): 10:06am On Aug 10
I love trump kiss
Re: Melania Trump's Parents Get US Citizenship Under Programme Slammed By Trump by gasparpisciotta: 10:12am On Aug 10
Nothing wrong here men, they are over qualified, having spent most of their adult life their.
Re: Melania Trump's Parents Get US Citizenship Under Programme Slammed By Trump by vivaciousvivi(f): 2:36pm On Aug 10
Biased President that tends to bend the rule only when it suits him.
So silly most times, he can't keep his narrative straight.
Whatever does not suit him that he can't have the common sense to argue intelligently over (especially if such issue is carried by the Press), he calls it LIES.

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Re: Melania Trump's Parents Get US Citizenship Under Programme Slammed By Trump by Abbeybailey(m): 5:08pm On Aug 10
vivaciousvivi:
Biased President that tends to bend the rule only when it suits him.
So silly most times, he can't keep his narrative straight.
Whatever does not suit him that he can't have the common sense to argue intelligently over (especially if such issue is carried by the Press), he calls it LIES.
Biased and bigoted president. His wife parents get accelerated citizenship through chain migration which he was railing about. What is that if not hypocrisy. The only reason he calls the Fourth Estate Fake ( American Press ) is because they call him out on his numerous lies. He's a not only a racist, he's a misogynist too.
Re: Melania Trump's Parents Get US Citizenship Under Programme Slammed By Trump by vivaciousvivi(f): 5:11pm On Aug 10
Abbeybailey:
Biased and bigoted president. His wife parents get accelerated citizenship through chain migration which he was railing about. What is that if not hypocrisy. The only reason he calls the Fourth Estate Fake ( American Press ) is because they call him out on his numerous lies. He's a not only a racist, he's a misogynist too.
Very True.
His usual words " fake news".
Idiot.
Re: Melania Trump's Parents Get US Citizenship Under Programme Slammed By Trump by Abbeybailey(m): 5:17pm On Aug 10
vivaciousvivi:

Very True.
His usual words " fake news".
Idiot.
We have a midterm elections coming up on November 6 and we will take our pound of flesh from the Republikkkan Party and if the Democrats take over the House, impeaching Trump won't be far off. He's a black spot on America. Never seen a worthless president in all my years growing up here.
Re: Melania Trump's Parents Get US Citizenship Under Programme Slammed By Trump by vivaciousvivi(f): 5:25pm On Aug 10
Abbeybailey:
We have a midterm elections coming up on November 6 and we will take our pound of flesh from the Republikkkan Party and if the Democrats take over the House, impeaching Trump won't be far off. He's a black spot on America. Never seen a worthless president in all my years growing up here.

You guys should take a stand.
Do it for yourselves, your children's future and majority of the black race around the world!.
Re: Melania Trump's Parents Get US Citizenship Under Programme Slammed By Trump by Abbeybailey(m): 5:44pm On Aug 10
vivaciousvivi:


You guys should take a stand.
Do it for yourselves, your children's future and majority of the black race around the world!.
Thanks My sister. That's what we are doing and we are not going to stop until the charlatan leaves the Oval Office in disgrace like Republican Dick Nixon.

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Re: Melania Trump's Parents Get US Citizenship Under Programme Slammed By Trump by vaxx: 5:45pm On Aug 10
Lol

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