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>> The US got two new citizens on Thursday, the parents of First Lady Melania Trump, Viktor and Amalia Knavs were sworn in in a ceremony in New York. Their naturalization comes as the Trump administration faces mounting criticism about its zero tolerance immigration policy that resulted in thousands of children getting separated from their parents.
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And Trump himself has slammed so-called chain migration in November after a fatal attack in Manhattan allegedly by an Uzbek immigrant.>> We want a merit based system, and we do not want chain migration, where somebody like him, ultimately, will be allowed to bring in many many members of his family.
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>> But the Knav's immigration lawyer said this one was done right.>> We just thank everybody for their attention to this very important dialogue that we're having on immigration. This is an example of it going right.>> Melania Trump moved to the US in 1996 from Slovenia to pursue a career as a model, and became a citizen in 2006.
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Her parents had been living in the US as permanent residents with green cards. Knav's lawyer didn't answer questions about whether Melania had sponsored their immigration, but said Melania was in Washington.>> Everything went through a normal process, like everybody else. You're allowed to apply after five years of having a green card and so forth.
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It was all done lawfully.