Security guards and US Citizenship and Immigration Services workers in offices adorned with Donald Trump's portrait said they were unaware of anyone being sworn in there on Thursday. Now that the couple are US citizens, it's important to note the president's hypocrisy when it comes to immigration policies.
He maintains there should instead be a merit-based system, which prioritises professionals over relatives, and has drawn censure for his strident attacks on immigration laws and immigrants.
"Chain migration must end now!" "Some people come in, and they bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil".
Melania changed her name to Knauss when she began modeling.
The Knavses' lawyer said their ceremony was kept private for "security reasons".
There are only a handful of ways that immigrants to the United States can obtain green cards, and the largest share of them each year are given out based on familial connections.
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Melania Trump became a US citizen in 2006 after marrying Trump the year before.
It said it is unclear about when or how the couple received green cards.
The Knavs' immigration attorney accompanied the couple to the ceremony.
The Knavs were sworn in as USA citizens on Thursday in Lower Manhattan, The New York Times reported.
In family-based immigration, adult American citizens can petition for residency for their parents, adult married children and siblings.
Viktor Knavs, a auto salesperson in Slovenia, and Amalija, who worked in a textile factory, are over 70 years old, retired and pass much of the year in the United States, where they regularly spend time with their daughter and grandson Barron.
She settled in NY in 1996 and met Mr Trump two years later. Curious about the cameras, bystanders wandered over.
In 1996, she moved to New York City where she worked as a model and met Donald Trump two years later. Now, we're certain his shameless hypocrisy sees no boundaries.