Viktor and Amalija Knavs, both in their 70s, took the citizenship oath at a private ceremony in New York City.
NEW YORK — First lady Melania Trump's parents were sworn in as U.S. citizens on Thursday, completing a legal path to citizenship that their son-in-law has suggested eliminating.
Viktor and Amalija Knavs, both in their 70s, took the citizenship oath at a private ceremony in New York City. The Slovenian immigrants, a former car dealer and textile factory worker, had been living in the United States as permanent residents.
The Knavses slipped in and out of a side entrance at a Manhattan federal building flanked by Department of Homeland Security police officers. Some workers inside didn't know what was going on. The couple said little, other than Viktor telling a reporter "thank you" when asked how they felt about becoming Americans.
Lawyer Michael Wildes said the Knavses applied for citizenship on their own and didn't get any special treatment. He confirmed that Melania Trump sponsored their green cards. Her husband, President Donald Trump, has proposed ending most family-based immigration, which he refers to as "chain migration."
"This golden experiment, these doors that are in America, remain hinged open to beautiful people as they have today," Wildes said after the ceremony.
Melania Trump, who has been vacationing with her husband in Bedminster, New Jersey, did not accompany her parents.
Moore's Trump film
hits theaters in Sept.
NEW YORK — Michael Moore's Donald Trump critique "Fahrenheit 11/9" will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before hitting theaters Sept. 21.
Moore unveiled the first look at this latest documentary Thursday, releasing a trailer online. The title is an inversion of his 2004 George W. Bush documentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11," which became the highest grossing documentary ever with $222.4 million in worldwide box office. The date refers to when Trump was declared winner of the 2016 election: Nov. 9.
In the trailer, Moore calls Trump "the last president of the United States."
Demi Lovato cancels
her fall tour dates
NEW YORK — Demi Lovato has canceled the rest of her fall tour to focus on her recovery.
The singer was scheduled to perform in Mexico in September and in South America in November, but announced Thursday that she would not perform the shows.
Over the weekend, Lovato checked out of the hospital to which she was rushed July 24 for a reported overdose. The 25-year-old wrote a lengthy post Sunday on Instagram, saying she remains committed to overcoming addiction.
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