First lady Melania Trump’s immigrant parents are sworn in as U.S. citizens

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NEW YORK – First lady Melania Trump’s immigrant parents have been sworn in as U.S. citizens.

A lawyer for Viktor and Amalija Knavs says the Slovenian couple took the citizenship oath on Thursday in New York City. They had been living in the U.S. as permanent residents.

They have been spotted often at the White House, at Mar-a-Lago and boarding Air Force One since their daughter moved to Washington in June 2017. They live mostly in New York but they have spent a lot of time in the Washington area helping take care of their Trump grandson, Barron, 12, the youngest of President Trump’s five children.

The Knavses raised Melania, 48, in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under Communist rule.

Viktor was a car dealer. Amalija worked in a textile factory.

They came and went from the ceremony at a Manhattan federal building flanked by Homeland Security police.

Viktor is 74, two years older than President Trump. Amalija is 73.

The first lady, born Melanija, changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modeling in Europe.

She became a citizen in 2006, shortly after she married Trump. She settled in New York in 1996 and met Trump two years later.