Lawyer: Melania Trump's parents are permanent US residents

Lawyer: Melania Trump's parents are permanent US residents

First Lady Melania Trump's parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, are green-card holders are on the verge of obtaining US citizenship, according to their family lawyer.

The lawyer says Viktor and Amalija Knavs "are both legally admitted to the United States as permanent residents".

A New York-immigration law firm attorney told the Post that there were only two likely ways that Melania Trump's parents could have obtained green cards: if she sponsored them, or their employers sponsored them, which is unlikely.

President Donald Trump has pushed to restrain workers' capacity to support relatives to go along with them in the US, and called such family reunification "chain movement".

An immigration proposal by the Trump administration would limit family sponsorship to spouses and minor children of US citizens, as well as reducing the maximum eligible age for a minor to 18 from 21.

USA first lady Melania Trump's parents, Viktor Knavs (L) and Amalija Knavs step off off Air Force One upon arrival in Morristown, New Jersey on June 30, 2017.

"Chain migration" is a program where USA citizens and permanent residents are allowed to sponsor close non-citizen family members for a green card.

But immigration experts said such a path would have been the most likely method his in-laws would have used to obtain residency that permits them to live in the United States.

Though the establishment media has sought to make the case for continuing chain migration by interjecting Trump's family and his advisers' ancestry into the immigration debate, the White House's efforts to end chain migration have been centered on the lack of support the process has with the American public, the national security vulnerabilities intertwined in chain migration, and its negative, wage-crushing impact on working and middle-class American communities.

Melania Trump came to the U.S. from Slovenia on a visitor's visa in 1996 for modeling gigs.

Several years ago, their attorneys contacted Sen.

This makes chain migration the largest driver of immigration to the USA - making up more than 70 percent - with every two new immigrants bringing seven foreign relatives with them.

Melania Trump became a USA citizen in 2001 - a year after she and President Trump were married. Schumer's office declined to comment.

He said: 'Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives.

He has proposed only allowing spouses and minor children to be sponsored for legal residency.

Trump underscored his position in a February 6 tweet. "Chain migration and the visa lottery are outdated programs that hurt our economic and national security".

Last week, the Senate rejected a bipartisan proposal spearheaded by Sen.

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