Melania Trump's parents are sworn in as US citizens


NEW YORK (AP) — First lady Melania Trump's 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.

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

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

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Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of US First Lady Melania Trump, walk across the South Lawn upon return to the White House on June 18, 2017 in Washington, DC. US President Donald Trump returned to the White House after spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat with his family. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JUNE 11: (AFP-OUT) Viktor Knavs and Amalija Knavs, parents of U.S. first lady Melania Trump, arrive at the White House with the first family June 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. According to reports, Melania and Barron Trump will soon be moving from Trump Tower in New York City to the White House. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: Amalija Knavs and Viktor Knavs, parents of first lady Melania Trump walk from Marine One across the South Lawn as they return from Bedminster, N.J. at the White House in Washington, DC on Sunday, June 11, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Viktor Knavs and Amalija Knavs, parents of U.S. first lady Melania Trump, exit 26 Federal Plaza with immigration attorney Michael Wildes following their immigration hearing in New York City, U.S., May 2, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Viktor Knavs and Amalija Knavs, parents of U.S. first lady Melania Trump, exit 26 Federal Plaza with immigration attorney Michael Wildes following their immigration hearing in New York City, U.S., May 2, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Viktor Knavs and Amalija Knavs, parents of U.S. first lady Melania Trump, exit 26 Federal Plaza with immigration attorney Michael Wildes following their immigration hearing in New York City, U.S., May 2, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Viktor Knavs and Amalija Knavs, parents of U.S. first lady Melania Trump, exit 26 Federal Plaza with immigration attorney Michael Wildes following their immigration hearing in New York City, U.S., May 2, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Viktor Knavs and Amalija Knavs, parents of U.S. first lady Melania Trump, exit 26 Federal Plaza with immigration attorney Michael Wildes following their immigration hearing in New York City, U.S., May 2, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Viktor Knavs and Amalija Knavs, parents of U.S. first lady Melania Trump, exit 26 Federal Plaza with immigration attorney Michael Wildes following their immigration hearing in New York City, U.S., May 2, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
The parents of U.S. first lady Melania Trump, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, await the start of the official arrival ceremony held by U.S. President Donald Trump and Mrs. Trump for French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: Parents of first Melania Trump, Viktor Knavs (L) and Amalija Knavs (2nd L), walk on the South Lawn prior to a Marine One departure at the White House June 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump is spending the weekend with his family in Bedminster, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US 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. Hicks is travelling with US President Donald Trump who is heading to Bedminster, New Jersey to spend the weekend at his golf club. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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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 Donald Trump. Amalija is 73.

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

She settled in New York in 1996 and met Trump two years later.

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