By: Chelsee Pompey IG: @everythingCHELSEE
It’s no secret that President Donald Trump has a thing against imigrants in the United States, but this week his immigrant parents in-law became citizens of the United States.
FLOTUS, Melania Trump’s, parents are now officially United States citizens. They obtained their citizenship through the sponsorship from their daughter, which is one of the categories of family visas that the administration has tried to end.
Viktor and Amalija Knavs, Melania Trump’s parents, were granted citizenship on Thursday. “It went well and they are very grateful and appreciative of this wonderful day for their family,” said their attorney, Michael Wildes, to CNN.
The couple are from Slovenia but have been living in the United States with green cards and frequently spotted in Washington since their son-in-law’s presidency. Their green cards which are also sponsored by Melania, allowed them to live and work in the United States indefinitely and paved the way for their citizenship.
The US allows a number of ways for US citizens and legal permanent residents to sponsor family members to come to the US permanently, including categories for parents, adult siblings and adult children, married and unmarried.
Viktor and Amalija Knavs, 73 and 71 years old, respectively, are retired and maintain regular contact with the Trump family often traveling with the first family on trips.