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Melania Trump's parents sworn in as U.S. citizens

Donald Trump and Melania standing next to each other as the deplane from Air Force One. Trump is waving to a crowd. Melania is wearing all black and sunglasses and is smirking.
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Melania Trump's Slovenian parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, were sworn in as U.S. citizens today, according to the AP, after likely obtaining permanent residence through the very "chain migration" processes the Trump administration has tried to curtail.

Why it matters: Despite marrying into an immigrant family, Donald Trump has made toughening immigration laws and cracking down on illegal immigration a central part of his presidency. His administration has already made it more difficult to come to the U.S. legally, in addition to imposing harsher enforcement of laws for those who are here illegally.

Senate committee to take up paid family leave plan

Ivanka Trump smiles in a crowd
Ivanka Trump stands as she's acknowledged by President Trump. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing, chaired by Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) on July 11, on paid family leave policy.

Why it matters: It’s a rare sign of movement from the Republican Senate on an issue that isn't a traditional focus for Republicans. In pushing this policy from the White House, Ivanka Trump has had to contend with a skeptical chief of staff, John Kelly — who's described the plan as a "pet project" — and a myriad of other skeptics on Capitol Hill and inside the conservative movement. She has been working on this for 17 months in the White House, meeting with members of both parties. She has gained the approval of key voices, including Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa).

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