First lady Melania Trump's parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, became USA citizens on Thursday, taking advantage of a program that President Trump has long railed against. First lady Melania Trump's parents have been sworn in as USA citizens. They tend to keep a low profile despite spending some time at the White House, much like how former first lady Michelle Obama's mother lived at the White House where she focused on helping raise the Obamas' daughters.
Trump hasn't commented or tweeted about his in-laws' newfound citizenship.
Trump has taken a hardline on immigration policy, criticizing so-called main migration that allows naturalized U.S. citizens to sponsor close relatives for permanent residency.
President Trump has railed against family-based or "chain" immigration in the past.
Lawyer Michael Wildes said the Knavses applied for citizenship on their own and didn't get any special treatment.
Currently, the majority of green card recipients receive them via family sponsorship.
She settled in NY in 1996 and met Mr Trump two years later.
The Knavs were sworn in as US citizens on Thursday in Lower Manhattan, The New York Times reported.
It's unclear whether Mr and Mrs Knavs had their green cards granted by a process the President Trump has sought to end.
Advocates for restricting legal immigration have pointed to the imbalance in favour 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.
She settled in NY in 1996 and met Mr. Trump two years later.
Melania grew up in a two bedroom apartment in Sevnica, a small city formerly under communist control.
She attended high school in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, and changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modelling.