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8 Celebrities Who Allegedly Broke U.S. Immigration Law

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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.


PHOTO: MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 15: Cesar Millan attends screening of Of El Lider De La Manada on October 15, 2012 in Miami, Florida.

Cesar Millan

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.

PHOTO: John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Selfridges department store, Oxford Street, London in 1971 to promote the publication of the 2nd edition of Yoko Ono's book Grapefruit.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.”

Salma HayekPHOTO: Actress Salma Hayek Teams Up With National Milk Mustache 'Got Milk?' Campaign To Launch The Breakfast Project at L'Ermitage Beverly Hills Hotel on February 24, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.

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.”


PHOTO: LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 15: Singer Luis Enrique poses in the press room during the 13th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 15, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Luis Enrique

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.

Jorge Hernández of Los Tigres del NortePHOTO: Los Tigres Del Norte pose with their award during the 12th annual Latin Grammy Awards at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 10, 2011.

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.

PHOTO: BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Actor Michael J. Fox arrives at the InStyle And Warner Bros. Golden Globe Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.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.'”

Arnold Schwarzeneggerarnold_schwarzenegger

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.




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