White House officials have no problem chatting about immigration issues, unless the issue at hand is Melania Trump's parents. in that case, no one in the Trump administration is willing to address their immigration status.
Amid widely circulating social media posts suggesting that Melania Trump's parents are able to live in the U.S. permanently thanks to "chain migration" — a derogatory term describing how immigrants bring their extended family into the country — the Washington Post attempted to learn the immigration status of Viktor and Amalija Knavs only to have the White House shut down any possible clarification.
"I don't comment on her parents, as they live private lives and are not part of the administration," said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's spokeswoman.
NYDN reports that Melania's parents have stayed at the White House, Mar-a-Lago, Trump Tower and Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. as they assist in the care of the Trumps' son Barron.
The Washington Post came up with a few ways the Knavs could be in the country legally, but Grisham said none of them apply to Melania's parents.
Upon speaking with immigration experts, the Washington Post learned that Viktor and Amalija Knavs could be in the country legally thanks to an extended tourist visa or a visa given to parents of a U.S. citizen, which the Trump administration supposedly wants to eliminate as it ends "extended-family chain migration."
Additionally, Melania's parents could have requested parole into the country or they could be in the country on student visas.