Melania Trump’s Parents Likely Became US Citizens Through ‘Chain Migration’ Donald Trump Blasts


President Donald Trump has personally benefited from the family-based immigration he rails against.

President Donald Trump should have been moved this week when our nation of immigrants accepted two new Americans: first lady Melania Trump’s parents, Amalia and Viktor Knavs. But their path to citizenship likely goes against everything their son-in-law supposedly believes in.

The Knavs were sworn in as U.S. citizens on Thursday in Lower Manhattan, The New York Times reported. Melania Trump, originally from Slovenia, sponsored her parents so they could obtain a green card before applying for U.S. citizenship. The first lady herself was granted citizenship in 2006.

“It went well and they are very grateful and appreciative of this wonderful day for their family,” the Knavs’ lawyer, Michael Wildes, said in a statement.

When the Times asked Wildes if the Knavs obtained their citizenship through family-based immigration ― often pejoratively referred to as “chain migration” ― Wildes was vague.

“I suppose,” he told the publication. “It’s a dirty ― a dirtier word. It stands for a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification.”

The idea that family-based immigration could be labeled as “dirty” might have a lot to do with the Knavs’ son-in-law. In November, Trump railed against the process on Twitter.

“CHAIN MIGRATION must end now!” he tweeted. “Some people come in, and they bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil. NOT ACCEPTABLE!”

Rep Chris Collins indictment is a reminder that big government brings big corruption

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., perfectly demonstrates the difference between two types of Republicans. Some support free enterprise. Others, including Collins, advocate “pro-business” policies.

In other words, Collins and those of his ilk who are often flattered with the label "moderates" want government to embrace business intimately. His indictment Wednesday on charges related to alleged insider trading, and frankly his entire record in Congress, remind us how intertwining industry and the state multiplies corruption.

Collins has been charged with tipping off his son that the drug of an Australian drug company, Innate Immunotherapeutics, had failed a clinical trial. Collins denies the charges, and he should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

But even aside from these charges, there’s plenty that indicts Collins ethically if not legally. It’s tied up with the blending of business and government, something he wants more of.

He was a member of the “Tuesday Group” of Republican congressmen, and his voting record placed him near the left end of the GOP spectrum. His lifetime score of 51 percent from the Club for Growth means he supports free markets less than all but 24 of his colleagues. He regularly champions subsidies for exporters, telecoms, farmers, fossil fuels, and drugmakers. He cheers President Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, and it was Trump’s promise of economic nationalism that drew Collins to endorse Trump early in the primaries.

While he votes with conservatives on tax cuts, he votes with left-wing Democrats on spending and subsidies. He thinks government should actively help business rather than get out of the way of businesses.

In getting Congress to help business, Collins has tried to get government to help his own bottom line. He profited from at least $8 million in subsidies from the Export-Import Bank, and is leading Republican crusading with Democrats to revive the agency that Republicans reined in.

Collins is also the big shareholder in Innate Immunotherapeutics, and he sits on the company’s board, which is extraordinary for a sitting lawmaker. He has pushed legislation to help the company.

In late 2016, Collins reportedly inserted a provision i

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