Melania Trump’s parents Viktor and Amalija Knavs become United States citizens

Mrs Trump's parents, a former auto dealer and textile factory worker, are Slovenian immigrants who had been living in the U.S. as permanent residents.

"CHAIN MIGRATION must end now!" he tweeted. Under the law, permanent residents must live in the country for at least five years before applying for citizenship.

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".

Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, declined to comment.

A source familiar with the situation told Yahoo News that the Knavses received their green cards before Trump was elected and that they were sponsored by their daughter.

The president in January proposed ending most family-based immigration and replacing it with a skills-based system.

Melania Trump, who has been vacationing with her husband in Bedminster, New Jersey, did not accompany her parents. Trump has advocated a "merit-based" system, but has not proposed any method of admitting immigrants to the United States to replace those categories.

Melania Trump became a United States citizen after entering the country on an Einstein visa for "individuals of extraordinary ability" in 2001 as a model. Experts estimate that could cut overall immigration to the U.S. by 40% to 50%, if those green cards are not reallocated to another category.

The Knavses are from Slovenia, but now divide their time between New York City, Palm Beach, and Washington, D.C., where they stay with the Trumps in the White House.

Typically, naturalisation ceremonies at 26 Federal Plaza are large events, where groups of immigrants are sworn in as citizens en masse, after reciting an oath and the Pledge of Allegiance. Thomas Cioppa, New York district director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, presided over the 20-minute ceremony, Mr Wildes said.

Their daughter, Melania, was raised under Communist rule in the town of Sevnica where her father worked as a auto dealer and her mom in a textile factory.

Although Melania started from humble roots, she launched a successful modeling career prior to her marriage to the president.

Vanessa Coleman

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