The Washington Post just reported on the status of First Lady Melania Trump’s parents. According to the newspaper, the First Lady’s parents are legal permanent residents of the United States and close to obtaining citizenship.
An attorney for Viktor and Amalija Knavs confirmed to the Post that the couple is “lawfully admitted to the United States as permanent residents. The family lawyer declined to comment further, including information on how or when they obtained green cards, citing the family’s desire for privacy.
This news story comes in the wake of speculation that the couple was given legal status based on family reunification, also called “chain migration.” President Trump has repeatedly asked Congress to end this practice.
Family sources who are aware of the family’s immigration status told the Post that Melania’s parents are waiting for a date to be sworn in and become citizens of the United States.
Some immigration experts told the Post that it is likely that Melania Trump sponsored her parents for green cards.
“That would be the logical way to do it, the preferred way to do it and possibly the only way to do it under the facts that I know,” said David Leopold, the former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
The White House declined to comment to the Post.
The president has called for “chain migration” to be ended for extended family members and has even called it one of the four pillars he believes must be included in immigration legislation.
“Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives,” he said in his State of the Union speech.
“Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children. This vital reform is necessary, not just for our economy, but for our security and our future.”
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Credit: The Hill