The Slovenian-born parents of US First Lady Melania Trump became US citizens at a naturalization ceremony in NY on Thursday, their immigration lawyer Michael Wildes confirmed to AFP.
"This golden experiment, these doors that are in America, remain hinged open to lovely people as they have today", Wildes said after the ceremony.
As CNN notes, critics have pointed out that President Trump wants to end that type of family-based migration. Trump has decried "chain migration", where adult US citizens can obtain residency for their relatives, and tweeted on November 1, 2017, "CHAIN MIGRATION must end now!"
He said: "It's a dirty - a dirtier word", but added: "It stands for a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification". Wildes told the newspaper that the Knavs fulfilled the five-year requirement, but declined to give further comment.
Melania Trump became a citizen in 2006 after obtaining a green card.
The president proposed replacing most family-based immigration with a skills-based system after an attempted bombing by a Bangladeshi immigrant in NY last December. He also called for eliminating a visa lottery program for people from countries under-represented in the U.S.
Trump has taken a hardline on immigration policy, criticizing so-called main migration that allows naturalized U.S. citizens to sponsor close relatives for permanent residency.
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Wildes wouldn't say how long the Knavses have lived in the U.S. Under the law, permanent residents must live in the country for at least five years before applying for citizenship.
Typically, naturalisation ceremonies at the Jacob J Javits Federal Building 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.
Viktor Knavs was a vehicle salesman in the Slovenian town of Sevnica, while his wife Amalija worked at a textile factory.
He went on: "It seems like we now have two immigration systems".
She settled in NY in 1996 and met Mr. Trump two years later.
Trump hasn't commented or tweeted about his in-laws' newfound citizenship.
The first lady was named Melanija Knavs when she was born in Slovenia but later changed her name to Melania Knauss when she began her modeling career.