As an estimated 2,300 children were detained within the first 6 weeks of the Trump administration’s “Zero Tolerance” immigration policy, let’s take a look back at how our First Lady’s family found their way to live in the United States, keeping in mind the hateful Republican rhetoric reqgarding “chain migration,” “anchor babies,” and the like.
A couple of months ago, Melania Trump found herself back in the spotlight. And this time, it wasn’t because of a micro-scandal, another alleged extramarital affair, or an op-ed openly mocking her non-existent campaign to end cyber-bullying.
This round of scrutiny is germane to the First Lady’s parents — specifically over how they arrived at the cusp of American citizenship. Melania Knavs (Knauss) was born to Viktor and Amalija Knavs in Slovenia when it was still a part of Yugoslovia. Melania’s lore is that she moved to the United States as a starry-eyed teenager to pursue a “modeling career” and then caught the eye of a certain playboy real estate tycoon.
Melania’s parents, however, are much more recent residents of the United States. As reported by The Washington Post:
Immigration experts said Viktor and Amalija Knavs very likely relied on a family reunification process that President Trump has derided as “chain migration” and proposed ending in such cases.
The Knavses, formerly of Slovenia, are living in the country on green cards, according to Michael Wildes, a New York-based immigration lawyer who represents the first lady and her family.
“I can confirm that Mrs. Trump’s parents are both lawfully admitted to the United States as permanent residents,” he said. “The family, as they are not part of the administration, has asked that their privacy be respected, so I will not comment further on this matter.”
Just a month prior to these reports, the president himself first proposed ending the ability of U.S. citizens to sponsor their parents and siblings for legal residency in the United States.
I guess it’s a good thing his in-laws had already availed themselves of such sponsorship.