A Decorated Navy SEAL Abused A 5-Year-Old And Filmed It. He'll Go To Prison For 27 Years.

 
A Decorated Navy SEAL Abused A 5-Year-Old And Filmed It. He'll Go To Prison For 27 Years.

 

Several readers asked about the immigration status of Melania Trump's parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, after spotting social media posts that made claims such as this:

"Here are Melania's Parents. Viktor and Amalija Knavs. They live in the United States Permanently now because of Chain Migration after Melania's Visa Expired & she stayed here Illegally and married Donnie for Citizenship. None of them have a degree or a job."

In the context of congressional debate over overhauling immigration laws, it's certainly an interesting question. President Donald Trump has favored bills that would severely restrict "chain migration," including the granting of immigration visas to the parents of U.S. citizens. So naturally, readers have wondered whether the president is being hypocritical.

Let's see what we can find out.

The Facts

First of all, we should note that this particular tweet falsely claims that Melania Trump, who is a native of Slovenia and married Donald Trump in 2005, stayed in the United States illegally after her visa expired and that she married Trump only to obtain citizenship.

There is no evidence that is the case. In September 2016, she released a letter from an immigration attorney stating that she did not receive a green card through marriage.


"Rather, in 2000, Mrs. Trump self-sponsored herself for a green card as a model of 'extraordinary ability,' and on March 19, 2001, she was admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent resident," wrote Michael Wildes, the attorney. "Based on this timeline, Mrs. Trump became eligible for citizenship in 2006, after five years of continuous permanent residence."

Still, a few days before the election in November, an Associated Press investigation revealed she was "paid for 10 modeling jobs in the United States worth $20,056 that occurred in the seven weeks before she had legal permission to work in the country, according to detailed accounting ledgers, contracts and related documents." Her visa at the time allowed her to be in the United States and look for work but not perform paid work.

Wildes told the AP that "these documents, which have not been verified, do not reflect our records including corresponding passport stamps" but would not say anything more. The Trump campaign refused to comment. The article noted that "it is highly unlikely that the discovery will affect the citizenship status of Mrs. Trump."

As for her parents, Viktor Knavs is a former member of the Yugoslav Communist Party who worked as the chauffeur for the mayor of his hometown, Sevnica, and eventually became a successful car salesman. He was born in 1944, making him two years older than the president. Amalija Knavs was a pattern maker at a textile factory. They are now said to be retired.

According to various news reports, the Knavses have been living in the United States at least a year and probably much longer - possibly since the mid-2000s. Since Melania Trump moved into the White House, some reports have suggested they live there. Other reports have said they split their time between the District of Columbia area, Mar-a-Lago, Trump Tower and Bedminster, New Jersey. They apparently help take care of Barron Trump, the president's 11-year-old child.

"The hyperinvolved Slovenian grandparents currently live with their daughter and grandson in the Trump Tower penthouse and spend most weekends with the Trumps at Mar-a-Lago, or at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey," Politico reported in June.

The White House initially refused to comment on their immigration status. "I don't comment on her parents, as they live private lives and are not part of the administration," said Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for the first lady.

Here are the possible options, according to immigration experts.

Legal permanent residence: They could be here on an IR-5 visa, meaning they are legal permanent residents because they are the parents of a U.S. citizen. Kevin Johnson, dean of the University of California at Davis Law School, believes this is the most likely option, even though the administration's immigration proposal would limit family visas to spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, ending "extended-family chain migration."

"If I were advising Trump, Melania's parents would be admitted as immigrants as the immediate relative of a United States citizen if they were planning on moving here permanently, especially given the fact that there is talk to eliminate this basis for immigration," said Matthew Kolken, a Buffalo immigration attorney.

Extended tourist visa: Of course, using an immigration path that the president wants to eliminate would be politically explosive. So the easiest explanation could be that they are here on tourism visas and have asked for extensions. Generally, a tourist visa is given for about six months, and can be extended for up to a year.

"That's pretty common," said Sarah Pierce, an immigration policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute. "It is way more feasible or likely that they would use tourism visas." She noted that data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services shows the approval rate for the I-539 form (which extends status for all types of non-immigrant visas, not just tourists) is 86 percent.

This would be a relatively simple explanation, which makes it curious why the White House would not confirm it if this is indeed the case.
However, another immigration attorney cast doubt on this theory.
A Decorated Navy SEAL Abused A 5-Year-Old And Filmed It. He'll Go To Prison For 27 Years.

A decorated Navy SEAL who served in Iraq and Afghanistan will spend 27 years in prison after admitting he sexually abused a 5-year-old family member.

Gregory Kyle Seerden, 32, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Norfolk, Virginia, to nearly the maximum 30-year sentence for his crime.

"Gregory Seerden victimized a child," Tracy Doherty-McCormick said in her first public statement since becoming acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. "As this prosecution makes clear, the United States will seek to hold accountable anyone who sexually exploits our most vulnerable citizens."

Seerden was stationed in San Diego but was staying with family in Virginia for the holidays last January when he was accused by a woman he knows of sexually assaulting her after a night out drinking and socializing on a Virginia Beach naval base.

When Navy investigators searched Seerden's phone, they found child pornography, according to court papers. A deeper forensic investigation uncovered more child porn and four videos in which Seerden himself sexually abused a 5-year-old child while she slept.

Those videos were taken the night before the alleged assault, he later admitted, while he was sleeping in the same room as his victim.


Seerden is now also charged in San Diego with sexually abusing another family member in 2014, when she was 7. That allegation was investigated by the Navy at the time but dropped because the child's mother was reluctant to pursue charges, according to prosecutors.

But the case was reopened after his arrest last year.

In court filings, public defender Keith Kimball said Seerden was abused in his childhood and suffered injuries in combat.

"After some rough times in his adolescent period, Kyle enlisted in the Navy. When he came back from Afghanistan he was hurting inside but still trying to be himself," his mother Jennifer Seerden wrote in a letter to the court. "Some of his friends were lost and others severely injured and it seemed to really impact him. However, it was his experience in Iraq that I believe really changed him."

In addition to his sentence, Seerden will pay a $10,000 fine and serve 25 years of supervised release.

Source: (ndtv.com)