First lady Melania Trump's parents have been sworn in as United States citizens

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The first lady, born Melanija, changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modelling.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of first lady Melania Trump, were granted citizenship Thursday, their immigration attorney, Michael Wildes, announced.

The couple are natives of Slovenia, where they raised Melania, but have been in the USA for more than a decade, says their immigration lawyer, per CNBC.

Asked about President Trump's heavy rebuke of family-based migration, Wildes said: "I can't comment on the President's politics when it comes to my clients but I have stood up against the President's immigration policies personally".

The Republican president has said such a system steals jobs from Americans and threatens national security, calling for a merit-based system that gives preference to more educated, English-speaking professionals.

Under US law they must have been permanent residents for five years before applying to become citizens, and the time to process an application can take several months thereafter. The Jacob J. Javits Federal Building, at 26 Federal Plaza, also houses immigration court and the local offices of the Department of Homeland Security, and its subsidiary, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"They have travelled a wonderful journey like many have, like millions have", said lawyer Michael Wildes. The Slovenian immigrants, a former vehicle dealer and textile factory worker, had been living in the U.S.as permanent residents.

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Viktor Knavs was a auto salesman in the Slovenian town of Sevnica, while his wife Amalija worked at a textile factory.

News of the ceremony prompted an immediate response on Twitter. That type of family visa is exactly one of the categories that Trump and his allies have tried to repeal, saying they are harmful to the US.

She settled in NY in 1996, met the future president two years later and became his third wife in 2005.

Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist and political commentator, tweeted, "I guess when it's Melania's Family, it's "family reunification" and should be applauded".

Mr Knavs was a vehicle dealer while Ms Knavs worked in a textile factory. She became a U.S. citizen in 2006.

She settled in NY in 1996 and met Trump two years later. One for the people who have no power, and one for the people who we are letting in through the VIP entrance.

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