A lawyer for Melania Trump’s parents announced today that the couple, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, have become U.S. citizens, according to CNN.
“It went well and they are very grateful and appreciative of this wonderful day for their family,” the attorney said in a statement. CNN reports that since February, the pair had been living in the United States on green cards, which allowed them to stay indefinitely. The cards may have resulted from the so-called “chain migration” program, one of the many avenues for legal immigration that Trump is trying to dismantle.
Before living in the United States, the Associated Press reports, Viktor was a car dealer and Amalija worked in a textile factory in Sevnica, Slovenia. Both are now retired, CNN added, noting that they travel frequently with the first family to Mar-a-Lago and Bedminster, New Jersey.