Melania Trump's Parents May Have Benefited From 'Chain Migration'
Melania Trump’s parents. Viktor and Amalija Knavs, have been residents of the United States for almost as long as the First Lady. But there are still many speculation about their immigration status.
"Here are Melania’s Parents. Viktor and Amalija Knavs. They live in the United States Permanently now because of Chain Migration after Melania’s Visa Expired & she stayed here Illegally and married Donnie for Citizenship. None of them have a degree or a job". pic.twitter.com/0FHTOqj81V
— Brasilmagic (@Brasilmagic) February 7, 2018
Some observers believe that the Knavs were illegally living in the United States by 2004 as their visas had expired.
In 2006, Melania gained her citizenship. It is believed that the Knavs then took advantage of Melania’s citizenship to validate their residence in the US. Essentially, they were beneficiaries of ‘chain migration’. Oddly, President Trump has strongly kicked against ‘chain migration’.
CHAIN MIGRATION must end now! Some people come in, and they bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil. NOT ACCEPTABLE! pic.twitter.com/PQGeTTdRtX
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017
A lot of people have questioned the president’s stand on the matter, especially as the White House refused to comment.
Now that @POTUS says he wants to eliminate "chain migration" thru which legal migrants bring relatives, many are asking abt Viktor & Amilija Knavs, from Slovenia. For a year they have resided in the US, caring for their grandson.
They are Melania Trump’s parents.
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) February 13, 2018
They have green cards
Just this week, Michael Wildes, the immigration lawyer representing the Knavs, said the couple was living in the US on green cards. The document allows them indefinite stay in the US, while their citizenship is in processing.
Green cards are often given out in regard familial connections. Some are allotted to immigrants based on their employment status. Others are given to refugees. There has been an outcry against favoritism in the assignment of green cards over the years.
The White House has no comments
The White House has refused to comment on the immigration status of the Knavs.
Viktor and Amalija Knavs are allowed to stay in the US because their daughter married an American & became a citizen.
Neither has any advanced education or skills.
Neither has a fluent command of the English language.
End chain migration for everyone or just shut up. pic.twitter.com/iZ25kZ35N2
— Talia (@2020fight) February 8, 2018
According to the spokesperson for the First Lady, ‘I don’t comment on her parents, as they live private lives and are not part of the administration’.