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On Thursday it was announced that Melania Trump's parents have been sworn in as official US citizens through sponsorship by their adult daughter.

There's one tiny issue with this - they appear to have gained citizenship through taking advantage of a family-based immigration system, otherwise known as 'chain migration', that the president himself has railed against vehemently.

Slovenian couple Viktor and Amalija Knavs, 73 and 71 respectively, gained their citizenship in a private ceremony in Manhattan, their immigration attorney Michael Wildes announced.

Asked whether they'd obtained citizenship through 'chain migration', he responded 'I suppose', reports the New York Times. ​

In November, the president railed against this type of family-based migration, which he regularly calls 'chain migration', saying that it is harmful to the US, and seeking to repeal it as a means of obtaining a green card.

In a speech in November, the president Trump tweeted:

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

Needless to say, it didn't take long for the internet to pick up on this apparent extreme hypocrisy.

Some focused on the plight of other families at the borders.

While others highlighted the fact that Melania's own immigration story is still unclear.

While others tried to work out exactly howthe Knavses​ could have gained citizenship.

In March this year, it was reported the Melania Trump gained citizenship of the US through an 'Einstein visa' in 2001. Only five people from Slovenia were granted green cards in the US under the programme in 2001, according to the US State Department, and in that year only 3,376 of the over 1 million green cards issued were for immigrants who had 'extraordinary ability'. At the time of her citizenship approval, the future First Lady's achievements amounted to a successful modelling career.

HT CNN

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