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"They had gotten sponsored by their daughter and then once they had the green card, they then applied for citizenship when they were eligible", he said.

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. He wouldn't say who sponsored their green cards. "NOT ACCEPTABLE!" Wildes told The New York Times "I suppose" the Knavses obtained citizenship through chain migration, and called it a "dirtier" way of describing family-based immigration, "a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification".

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, who are from Slovenia, had previously been living in the U.S.as legal permanent residents with green cards. They had been living in the U.S.as permanent residents. Green cards can also be obtained through employment, receiving asylum or refugee status, or in other special circumstances.

The idea that family-based immigration could be labeled as "dirty" might have a lot to do with the Knavs' son-in-law.

Trump's plan, which Congress has resisted, would limit immigrants like his wife to sponsoring only their spouses and underage children to join them in the US, not their parents, adult children or siblings.

Mr Trump and his congressional allies have fought to slash that dramatically, limiting sponsorship to spouses and minor children, including dropping the threshold for minor children from 21 to 18.

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President Donald Trump's in-laws, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, took the oath of citizenship, Wildes said. In November, Trump railed against the process on Twitter.

The Knavses, both in their 70s, raised Melania Trump in Sevnica, a Slovenian town of around 4,500 people.

Mr Knavs, 74, was a vehicle dealer, while his wife, who is 73, worked in a textile factory.

They came and went from the ceremony at a federal building flanked by Homeland Security police.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly and vehemently denounced what he calls "chain migration", in which adult United States citizens can obtain residency for their relatives. Ms Knavs is 73.

Although Melania started from humble roots, she launched a successful modeling career prior to her marriage to the president. They frequently travel with the Trumps and split their time between New York, Palm Beach, Florida, and Washington, where they stay in the White House.