Will Melania Trump’s Parents Become American Citizens via a Method Donald Trump Hates?

Most Americans know that First Lady Melania Trump isn’t from the United States. Both she and her family hail from Slovenia (which was a part of Yugoslavia during Melania’s childhood). Melania’s parents have long spent time in the United States with the Trumps. But rumor has it that Melania’s parents may become American citizens through an immigration path that Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized and even sought to end.

Read on to get all the details on their situation, the family reunification process that might allow them to become American citizens, and what Donald Trump has to say about it.

1. Viktor and Amalija Knavs recently received green cards

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of US First Lady Melania Trump

It’s unclear how or when they got their green cards. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The New York Times reports that Melania Trump’s parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, recently obtained green cards. These documents enable them to stay in the United States as lawful permanent residents. And according to the Times, a lawyer confirmed that the couple received them.

But as the publication notes, it remains unclear exactly how or when they got their green cards. Many people think they use a family reunification process that Donald Trump wants to eliminate from U.S. immigration law.

Next: Some people think they live at the White House. 

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