The White House is happy to discuss its harsh immigration policies that have been seen breaking up families just so long as you don’t make it personal.
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.
Reports suggest the Knavs have been living in the country for a year, during which time they have stayed at the White House, Mar-a-Lago, Trump Tower and Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., as they help look after Donald and Melania Trump’s son Barron.
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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.
Mysteriously though, Grisham shot down each of these explanations for how the retired textile factory worker and her former Yugoslav Communist Party member husband continue to remain in America.
“None of those options apply,” she said.
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Meanwhile, the Knavs’ son-in-law continues to ramp up his war on immigrants.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced just this week that they made 40% more arrests in general within President Trump’s first year compared to 2016.
ICE claims to have taken 37,734 “non-criminal” immigrants – people who don’t have criminal records or those who might face charges – into custody.
That number is more than double the amount of non-criminal arrests made in 2016.
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