Earlier this week, the Washington Post reported that First Lady Melania Trump's parents likely immigrated to the U.S. using the very same method the president has disparaged time and again -- 'chain migration'.
Sources close to the family told the Post that both Viktor and Amalija Knavs are close to getting citizenship status—but their attorney denied to say how they both obtained their green cards. The Knavses, originally from Slovenia, are reportedly waiting to schedule their swearing-in ceremony. This comes as the Trump administration has looked to crack down on “chain migration” as one way to curb immigration to the United States.
President Trump has passionately argued against family-based migration, saying it allows people to bring entire families to the U.S. and wrongly asserting that such family members are not properly vetted.
Despite the strong likelihood that his own in-laws were able to join their daughter in America, Trump would like to limit that possibility for future families:
During his State of the Union address last month, Trump stated that his new plan would only allow “spouses and minor children” to be “sponsored for legal residency.”