Melania Trump’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens as Trump Administration Targets Legal Immigrants  

First Lady Melania Trump‘s parents became naturalized United States citizens on Thursday, PEOPLE confirms.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, Slovenian immigrants in their 70s, took the citizenship oath at a private ceremony in New York City, the Associated Press reported. The husband and wife — a former car dealer and a former textile factory worker, respectively — had been living in the United States as permanent residents.

The couples’ lawyer, Michael Wildes, did not specify the length of time the Knavses have been living in the United States, according to the AP. Under United States law, permanent residents must be in the country for at least five years in order to apply for citizenship.

Wildes told reporters outside a Manhattan federal building on Thursday that the Knavses’ citizenship process was “no different” from anyone else’s.

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“The dialogue we are having on immigration, this is an example of it going right,” Wildes added.

Wildes confirmed to PEOPLE that the Knavses became citizens on Thursday, but declined any further comment. The first lady’s spokesperson did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

While President Donald Trump‘s parents-in-law were successful in obtaining citizenship, his administration is seeking to make citizenship more difficult to obtain for both undocumented and legal immigrants.

In January, Trump proposed ending most family-based immigration and replacing it with a system prioritizing skilled immigrants. He has also recently said he’s looking to terminate a visa lottery program for people from countries under-represented in the U.S. This plan would limit immigrants like the first lady to sponsoring only spouses and underage children, as opposed to parents and other adult family members.

Throughout his tenure in the White House, Trump has upheld his promise to crack down on immigration. Last month, he released memos that make denying visa applications easier. 

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The memos “are intended to further restrict and discourage much-needed legal immigration,” Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance, told AXIOS. “This abrupt change in policy will have the perverse effect of discouraging businesses from having work performed in the U.S. — a highly undesirable outcome for all workers, businesses and the economy as a whole.”

Trump has not commented on the Knavses’ citizenship.


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Teen Plans To Tell The Immigrant Stories Trump’s Administration Never Would

When Valeria Alvarado learned that President Donald Trump had called for a weekly list of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, she took action.

The 19-year-old Villanova University student decided to create an organization that would fight Trump’s actions by highlighting positive immigrant stories. Alvarado recently started the Facebook page “We, Too, Are America,” a name she acknowledges has also been used by other pro-immigrant movements on Twitter and to celebrate Black History Month. 

“When I read [Trump’s executive] order, I knew it would unfairly define a community of over 11 million people by the actions of a few,” Alvarado told The Huffington Post on Thursday. “Being close to the community, I decided to do a counter-list where we would publish a weekly list of accomplishments by the undocumented community.”

The positive response she received over the initial idea prompted her to open up the platform to not only include stories about undocumented immigrants but also feature achievements by refugees and the immigrant community as a whole. The student says these groups are also negatively affected by Trump’s recent directives. 

Alvarado is an immigrant herself; she moved from Monterrey, Mexico to the United States at the age 4. The teen is currently spending a semester abroad in Rwanda studying post-genocide restoration.

“I could not believe my eyes when I first read Trump’s plan to publish this list,” Alvardo told Remezcla in a recent interview. “This ‘crime list’ idea is not new. The Nazis used to publish a list of Jewish crimes before the genocide started. The RTML radio in Rwanda used to convince people that Tutsis were to blame for the crimes of the few. I am not trying to homogenize these situations with each other, but it is unbelievable that we are repeating history’s same mistakes.” 

Alvarado, who is a U.S. citizen, recognizes that not all immigrants have the opportunity to become legal. 

“I was lucky enough to become a citizen in 2013,” she told HuffPost. “I use the word ‘luck’ because I believe the citizenship process requires more than just hard work, it requires luck. There are so many in our community still stuck in the process, after years and years of working hard towards becoming a citizen.”

The “We, Too, Are America” Facebook page has accrued more than 1,000 followers in its first six days. Alvarado and her small team plan to publish their first weekly list of immigrant stories on Monday, Feb. 6. 

“We, Too, Are America wants to publish stories from all walks of life and all professions,” she said. “Our goal is not to build the ‘model minority’ image, but instead, counter a false image with a positive and more diverse image of our community.”

The 2016 election was the first time Alvarado had the opportunity to vote for a presidential candidate, a privilege she took seriously. While the outcome was not what she expected, she intends to keep fighting for her ideals. 

“Voting for the first time was a bittersweet moment,” she told HuffPost. “I was happy I was able to go in the voting booth to exercise my rights. I also had to think about the privilege I have as a citizen; our undocumented friends and family did not have an opportunity to vote in an election that would alter their lives. The three million more Americans and I that won the popular vote are disappointed in the outcome, pero como siempre me ha dicho mi papa: ‘es tiempo para ponerte las pilas’ (which translates to, ‘but like my dad always told me: ‘it’s time to get to work’’). A Trump presidency will not bring us down. We will not stand by silently.”

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British Men’s Wear Retailer Austin Reed Falls Into Administration

LONDON — Another day, another British retail failure.
On Tuesday, just 24 hours after British Home Stores entered into administration, the U.K. equivalent of Chapter 11, men’s wear retailer Austin Reed announced it was also seeking protection from creditors.
Founded by Austin Leonard Reed in 1900, the group also owns women’s wear labels Viyella and Country Casuals. It began making made-to-measure clothing and later moved into men’s ready-to-wear.
The brand has a flagship store on Regent Street and sells through more than 1,000 retail outlets worldwide, with nearly 30 wholesale clients in the U.S.
The company’s new owners, distressed retail experts Alteri Investors, have called in Alix Partners to sell the company. Some 1,200 jobs are said to be at risk, according to press reports.
As part of a turnaround plan set by Alteri, the company had closed about 15 percent of its 200 stores in the past year.
The first Austin Reed branded store was established on Fenchurch Street in London, with a larger flagship store opening in 1911 at 113 Regent Street. In 2011 the brand moved across the road to number 100.
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Another British Flop: Men’s Wear Retailer Austin Reed Follows BHS Into Administration

LONDON — The British high street is looking more and more like a graveyard with a second heritage retailer, men’s wear brand Austin Reed, collapsing into administration just 24 hours after British Home Stores did the same.
Austin Reed, which was founded in 1900, had already been undergoing a turnaround at the hands of distressed retail specialists Alteri Investors. Alteri had recently taken a stake in the company after advising on its turnaround. The fall into administration, Britain’s equivalent of Chapter 11, leaves 1,184 jobs at risk.
The retail brand that decades ago stood shoulder-to-shoulder with British men’s wear greats such as Burberry, Aquascutum and Daks fell victim to a combination of fast-changing consumer habits, the shift to omnichannel retailing and an overarching crisis in the formal suiting arena that has seen men favor fashion-forward, sportier shapes and trans-seasonal fabrics over traditional, tailored investment pieces.
On Tuesday, administrators from Alix Partners, the international business advisory firm, said they were called in by Austin Reed’s directors due to “cash flow difficulties arising from challenging retail market conditions.”
The administrators confirmed that Austin Reed would continue to trade while Alix explores “all possible options” for its future, including a sale of all or parts of the business.
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Here’s How Jed Bartlet’s Administration Vetted Refugees On ‘The West Wing’

The debate taking place about Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks — over whether to halt refugee resettlement or, as some GOP presidential candidates suggested this week, to only allow “proven” Christian Syrians into the U.S.  – actually took place years ago in a fictional White House.

In Season 2 of NBC’s popular show “The West Wing,” President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet’s administration is faced with the question of what to do with a group of Christians who left China in hopes of attaining refugee status in the United States. 

As one the president’s aides, Josh Lyman, points out, one challenge is that refugees may ”feign faith” to prove that they are being oppressed for their religious beliefs. It is at that point that the president proposes sitting down personally with one of the Chinese refugees to gauge the veracity of his Christian faith — and is pleasantly rewarded by the outcome.

It’s not identical to today’s debate, but the comparison is one that “West Wing” fans will surely appreciate.

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Jon Stewart: Why Does The Obama Administration Keep Prosecuting Whistleblowers?

Blowing the whistle seems great!

Herve Falciani blew the whistle on HSBC, the British bank that allegedly helped clients evade taxes. Switzerland rewarded him with charges of industrial espionage.

We wouldn’t do something like that here in America, right?

Thomas Drake, a former National Security Agency official who provided information about mismanagement at the agency to a Baltimore Sun reporter, got the Espionage Act thrown at him.

“I assume you mean the rarely enforced provision of the Espionage Act, that involves rewarding whistleblowers with millions of dollars and unlimited blow jobs,” Jon Stewart said on Thursday night’s “The Daily Show.”

Nope!

Drake ended up pleading guilty to a misdemeanor in the case, but his life was ruined in the process.

Stewart said the United States’ applications of the Espionage Act — which, we’ll remind you, is a World War I-era law to stop people from aiding the enemy — highlights a terrifying trend.

“Of the 11 times in our entire history that the Espionage Act has been used against government workers sharing information with journalists, seven of them have been under this presidency,” he said.

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