Melania's parents become US citizens thanks to law opposed by Trump

Donald and Melania Trump.

Donald and Melania Trump.


The first lady's parents took advantage of an immigration program that grants citizenship to those who have relatives in the United States - a law vehemently denounced by their son-in-law Donald Trump.

Melania Trump's parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, became US citizens on Thursday. "It went well and they are very grateful and appreciative of this wonderful day for their family," said Michael Wildes, the lawyer who handled the whole process.

The Knavs showed up at a federal department in New York to sign all the paperwork and attend a 20-minute naturalization ceremony presided over by USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) District Director Thomas Cioppa. During these ceremonies, foreigners are supposed to rest their hands on their hearts and pledge "allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands."

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