By best estimates, there are about 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country right now. But, did you know, some celebrities have also struggled with their immigration status? Sure, not everyone on our list crossed the border, like many immigrants now living without authorization, but here are eight people who have reportedly violated the terms of U.S. immigration laws to remain in the United States.
Famed dog trainer Cesar Millan a.k.a. “The Dog Whisperer” became a U.S. citizen in 2009. But before that, Millan crossed the border without authorization at the age of 21,The Huffington Post reports.
“I came to the United States illegally,” he wrote in his autobiography. “[For]”the poor and working class of Mexico, there is no other way to come to America except illegally. It’s impossible,” he said.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
The Nixon administration issued a deportation order to Lennon and Ono, alleging the couple had been admitted to the country improperly:
The LA Times reported: “He had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cannabis possession in London in 1968, and immigration law at the time banned the admission of anyone convicted of any drug offense. But unlike most migrants who have problems with their legal status, Lennon and Ono had powerful friends who petitioned the Immigration and Naturalization Service on their behalf.”
Hayek admitted to her struggle for legal status in an interview with a Spanish magazine, according to Fox News Latino.“I was an illegal immigrant in the United States. It was for a small period of time, but I still did it.”
Grammy-award winning musician Luis Enrique said he came to the United States from Nicaragua without documents as a young boy.
“I did not speak English. I did the best I could. I finished high school, but I couldn’t go to college because I was illegal,” he told USA Today.
One member of this Norteño band made up of six brothers and cousins, told the New Yorker that he technically entered the US unlawfully to play a concert outside of San Jose.
‘When an immigration officer asked Jorge Hernández, then still a teenager, if he had permission from his mother to go into the United States, he said yes, then wandered a distance off and asked a female stranger to pretend to be her and wave. With that, he was in,” the New Yorker reported.
Michael J. Fox
According to Fox News Latino, Canadian actor Michael J. Fox entered the U.S. without a visa early in his career:
“[He] suffered some nervousness at the border early on in his career, when, as he wrote in his 2010 autobiography, ‘the actual visa had not yet come through.'”
The ex-bodybuilder/Governator reportedly violated the terms of his visa in the mid-seventies by working as a brick layer while on a visa to be a bodybuilder in the U.S. His violation of his visa terms would have been enough to get Schwarzenegger deported, the L.A. Times reports.