The Washington Post reports:
The parents of first lady Melania Trump have become legal permanent residents of the United States and are close to obtaining their citizenship, according to people familiar with their status, but their attorney declined to say how or when the couple gained their green cards.
Immigration experts said Viktor and Amalija Knavs very likely relied on a family reunification process that President Trump has derided as “chain migration” and proposed ending in such cases.
The Knavses, formerly of Slovenia, are living in the country on green cards, according to Michael Wildes, a New York-based immigration attorney who represents the first lady and her family.
“I can confirm that Mrs. Trump’s parents are both lawfully admitted to the United States as permanent residents,” he said. “The family, as they are not part of the administration, has asked that their privacy be respected so I will not comment further on this matter.”
Melania Trump’s parents likely relied on “chain migration” to get green cardshttps://t.co/FW6pXqMXtj
— Axios (@axios) February 21, 2018
Trump rails against “chain migration,” but Melania’s parents are here on green cards, meaning they likely immigrated through the very program he’s trying to end. A nice @CarolLeonnig @davidnakamura + @NickMiroff scoop. https://t.co/zEKSo2j8sD
— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) February 21, 2018