New York: President Donald Trump's Slovenian in-laws became US citizens on Thursday through "chain migration", a programme he has repeatedly denounced, in which adult American citizens can obtain citizenship for their relatives.
First Lady Melania Trump's parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, became US citizens at a private ceremony here. She had sponsored her parents for their green cards, their lawyer Michael Wildes said in a report in The New York Times. "Once they had the green card, they then applied for citizenship when they were eligible," he said. When asked if the Knavses had obtained citizenship through "chain migration", Wildes, said, "I suppose." "It's a dirty — a dirtier word," he said, but added that "it stands for a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification."
Trump has vehemently opposed the "chain migration" system, more commonly known as family-based immigration, that lets adult American citizens obtain citizenship for their relatives.
In November, he had tweeted, "CHAIN MIGRATION must end now! Some people come in, and they bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil. NOT ACCEPTABLE!”
Trump also often speaks out against the family-based immigration system at his rallies, saying it a pathway for terrorists to enter the country, the New York Times report added. According to the report, the first lady's communications d...