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Melania Trump talks about her immigrant experience at the National Archives

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  • Melania Trump talks about her experience being an immigrant.
  • She spoke at the National Archives.
  • Some were surprised by her appearance.

In a surprising public appearance on December 15, former first lady Melania Trump highlighted the importance of «guarding our freedom.»

She shared her experiences dealing with the «complicated legal system» in the U.S. during a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

Melania Trump said the path to citizenship is hard at the ceremony that marks the final step in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.

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The ceremony took place at the iconic institution that houses the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the U.S. Bill of Rights.

Originally from Slovenia, Melania, who became a U.S. citizen in 2006, addressed a group of 25 immigrants about to be sworn in as U.S. citizens.

During her speech, she shared how her own naturalization process opened her eyes to the «harsh realities» faced by those seeking to become U.S .citizens.

«It means actively participating in the democratic process and guarding our freedom. It is a life-altering experience that takes time, determination and sometimes even tremendous strength,” she said.

Melania Trump talks about her experience as an immigrant

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Melania Trump’s appearance at the National Archives — the institution that had asked Department of Justice to investigate Donald Trump — raised some eyebrows.

The investigation resulted in 37 federal charges against Trump, generating controversy and national attention, according to EFE.

The former first lady avoided directly addressing the accusations against her husband during her speech, focusing her attention on the process of becoming a citizen.

She recounted her path to that citizenship, beginning with obtaining a worker visa upon arriving in New York City to pursue a modeling career.

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“How lucky to be with the naturalized people and their families as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance and become Americans before the founding documents,” she said.

The national repository of presidential documents has surfaced as part of one of the pending criminal cases against her husband, as he seeks a second term.

The National Archives sent a referral to the FBI stating that 15 boxes were recovered from Trump’s Florida home in January 2022.

Friday’s ceremony marked a rare appearance for the former first lady, who has said she supports her husband’s campaign.

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Trump has promised a return to his extreme hardline immigration policies if he wins the 2024 presidential election.

Among his proposals, Trump wants to revive and expand his controversial travel ban, which initially targeted seven Muslim-majority countries,

He also wants to institute a new “ideological test” for all immigrants and end the constitutional right to birthright citizenship.

That would only allow children with at least one U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident parent to be eligible for a passport, Social Security number and other benefits.

Melania Trump at the National Archives

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In the naturalization ceremony, 25 people from 25 countries took the oath to become new American citizens, surrounded by founding documents, including the Constitution.

The event, which took place in a symbolic setting, highlights the connection between citizens and the founding pillars of the country,

These were represented by the historical documents that reside in the National Archives, according to The Associated Press.

Melania Trump, sharing her unique perspective as an immigrant turned citizen, sought to highlight the responsibilities and challenges faced by the undocumented.

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