The Associated Press reported Thursday that first lady Melania Trump’s parents — Viktor and Amalija Knavs of Slovenia — took an oath of citizenship in New York, after previously being in the U.S. as legal permanent residents.
There has been speculation that the couple received legal status in the country based on family reunification, known as “chain migration," which President Trump has repeatedly called a problematic policy that should be ended.
Immigration experts told The Washington Post in February that it was likely the first lady sponsored her parents for green cards.
Under the president’s immigration reform proposal, Melania’s parents would be ineligible for sponsorship by their daughter:
“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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