As Congress gets ready to debate changes to immigration laws, President Trump is pushing to severely restrict so-called chain migration, including the granting of immigration visas to the parents of U.S. citizens. Now, the White House is refusing to discuss the immigration status of first lady Melania Trump’s parents, The Washington Post reports.
Trump has made immigration a key part of his agenda, but people are calling him out for being hypocritical as the White House refuses to reveal the immigration status of first lady Melania Trump’s parents, The Post writes.
“I don’t comment on her parents, as they live private lives and are not part of the administration,” said Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for the first lady, told the newspaper.
The Post listed a number of possibilities for the status of Melania’s parents — Viktor and Amalija Knavs — including the possibility that they are in the U.S. on IR-5 visas, which means they are legal permanent residents, or the possibility they could be here on tourism visas and asked for extensions.
According to the Post, when it showed its list of possible options to Trump’s spokeswoman, she said: “None of those options apply.”
“As we noted, we gave Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman, ample opportunity to explain the immigration status of the Knavses,” the Post wrote in its fact-checker piece.
“It’s a mystery why the White House refuses to answer such a simple question, given the president’s high-profile demand to limit immigration.”
Viktor Knavs is a former member of the Yugoslav Communist Party. Amilija Knavs worked at a textile factory. According to the Post, the couple is now retired. The Knavses have been living in the U.S. for at least a year.
"Here are Melania's Parents. Viktor and Amalija Knavs. They live in the United States Permanently now because of Chain Migration after Melania's Visa Expired & she stayed here Illegally and married Donnie for Citizenship. None of them have a degree or a job". pic.twitter.com/0FHTOqj81V
— Brasilmagic (@Brasilmagic) February 7, 2018
Last year the president started the immigration fight when the White House announced he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows certain immigrants brought into the country illegally as children to work and go to school without fear of deportation.
You forgot Melania's sister. She also is living in the United States thanks to Melania. Everyone that comes to the US should say they're a model, it's been a qualifier for them. pic.twitter.com/SLHfshEFPR
— UnstableShitholePresident (@sharcat12) February 8, 2018