Melania Trump’s parents get US citizenship under program slammed by Trump

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"It's a dirty - a dirtier word", he said, adding that "it stands for a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification".

President Donald Trump has always been a vocal critic of "chain migration", or the process of giving relatives of naturalized citizens legal status due to their family connections.

The programme allows adult American citizens obtain citizenship for their relatives. Her husband, Donald Trump, has proposed ending most family-based immigration, which he refers to as "chain migration".

When Trump began her modelling career, while still a teenager, the whole family sensed opportunity, according to those who knew them in Slovenia. "It's the current system", he said.

Advocates for restricting legal immigration have pointed to the imbalance in favor of family connections as evidence of the need for reform, calling for a "merit-based" system that would choose immigrants based on need in the US.

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Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, declined to comment.

Watch:The application, the process, the interview was no different than anybody else's other than the security arrangements to facilitate today.

Viktor and Amalija made an appearance with their attorney, Michael Wildes, outside the federal building in Manhattan where they took the citizenship oath. "We just thank everyone for their attention to this very important dialogue on immigration".

"It went well and they are very grateful and appreciative of this wonderful day for their family", he said in a statement to CNN.

In a phone call after the ceremony, Wildes described the process by which the US First Lady's parents had become US citizens. She became a United States citizen in 2006.

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In 1996, she moved to New York City where she worked as a model and met Donald Trump two years later.

While the President never mentions Saipov, who obtained his green card through the equally maligned diversity lottery, he has been known to detail the attack. Under immigration statutes, the Knavses would have needed to have their green cards for at least five years in order to apply for citizenship, along with fulfilling character, residency and civic knowledge requirements.

According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website, an average naturalisation application in NY takes between 11 and 21 months and is dependent on numerous character and residency requirements.

"This golden experiment, these doors that are in America, remain hinged open to lovely people as they have today", Wildes said after the ceremony, according to The Associated Press. Now that the couple are US citizens, it's important to note the president's hypocrisy when it comes to immigration policies.

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