Melania Trump’s parents became naturalized American citizens just recently.
This move shows how hypocritical the Trump administration really is. At a time when Team Trump is active with the draconian zero tolerance policy which deems any illegal immigrant regardless of criminal background worthy of deportation, the first lady’s parents got permanent residence in the country.
Viktor and Amalija Knavs, 73 and 71, obtained permanent residence through “chain migration,” a process Trump has vocally opposed in the past.
CHAIN MIGRATION must end now! Some people come in, and they bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil. NOT ACCEPTABLE! pic.twitter.com/PQGeTTdRtX— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017
When the POTUS adamantly opposed allowing U.S. citizens born abroad to bring their relatives legally, why didn’t he have a problem with his wife doing the same?
What is even more alarming is the fact that Melania’s father Viktor Knavs’ name appeared on “UDBA Net” - an online database of the secret police archives of Communist Yugoslavia before the country came apart in the 1990s.
Slovenia won its independence in the 90’s.
UDBA’s database had several identities of people who were on Yugoslavia’ secret police files and Knavs was one of them. He was reportedly “registered in the criminal record” and cited articles 226 and 235 of the Yugoslav penal code.
According to a copy of the 1970 code, which was being followed at the time, article 226 involved the acquisition, sale or production of goods without attaining clear permission of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. If someone was caught organizing such commerce, the penalties ranged up to eight years in prison.
Article 235 concerns tax evasion. A person caught evading tax would get a maximum penalty was of 10 years in jail, depending on the amounts of money involved.
However, the seriousness of these allegations remain unclear because of lack of other specific information and because these accusations were lodged over 40 years ago in a repressive police state.
An immigration attorney who formerly headed the American Immigration Lawyers Association, David Leopold, said if a tax fraud conviction exists against Knavs, he shouldn’t have been given a green card.
According to the lawyer, this could serve as a potential ground to revoke Melania’s father’s citizenship.
On the other hand, Knavs lawyers in Slovenia said that he was never convicted, charged or investigated for tax evasion despite the secret police record. They acknowledged that once he was investigated for smuggling.
People slammed Trump for being such a hypocrite on social media.
This is the exact type of green card Trump wants to eliminate and has personally excoriated in speech after speech. https://t.co/EP04DbvmL0— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) August 9, 2018
Outrageous! Deporting these immigrants b4 case is decided, and Melania’s parents Victor & Amalija Knavs are made citizens thru chain migration. Melania sponsored them and Donald Trump’s name, as her husband, was on the form! ???? https://t.co/uoI9sWoqZh— Candy Wilson (@myatt51905) August 10, 2018
Does new US citizen, Victor Knavs, father of Melania Trump, have a criminal record in Slovenia in Case No. #421269, and for what charges, that he concealed from US immigration authorities? Is Knavs stonewalling the press on providing answers? https://t.co/qIsWkAzevx— JQ Public (@JQP6) August 26, 2018
So chain migration ends after her parents get here---then they pull the door closed behind them.— Andi (@idyllchatter) August 9, 2018
I see how that works. @mj_lee
So Trump has reversed his position on chain migration?— MatthewDicks (@MatthewDicks) August 9, 2018
Or is he just acting like a goddamn hypocrite again?
So, was he waiting for her parents to become citizens before ending "chain migration", as he calls it?— Karen (@1888nerak) August 9, 2018
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