Immigrant Celebrities Who Could Have Been or Were Deported

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In 2018, the President of the United States has been trying to put new laws in place which would change how an immigrant can enter the country.  Nevermind the fact that he would not have been able to become President if the laws that he wants to put into effect were in place when his mother came to this country from Ireland as an illegal immigrant.

Trump also would not be married to Melania who was also arguably an illegal immigrant in this country.

Here is a list of some celebrities who came into this country as an illegal immigrant and could have been or were deported.

Melania Trump

Melania Trump who is now the first lady of the United States is our first subject.  The fact that at one time she may have been an illegal immigrant has caused great controversy.

Melania Trump came to the of the United States from Slovenia in the mid-1990s, and modeled under her first name.

She was reported to have arrived in the United States on Aug. 27, 1996, under a B1/B2 visitor visa and obtained an H-1B visa on Oct. 18, 1996, which would have permitted her to work.

Mrs. Trump resided in New York City during that time with a photographer. The Associated Press reported that between September 10 to October 15, 1996, she partook in 10 modeling jobs, including the infamous lesbian nude photo shoot prior to obtaining a work visa.

This was seven weeks before she was legally permitted to work in the United States when she earned $20,056 for her work. Thus, the modeling jobs she took and received compensation for would have been outside of what her visa permitted. Therefore, she was working as an illegal immigrant which by definition is illegal.

The government could legally revoke the United States Citizenship of Trump if it was determined a person willfully misrepresented or hid facts relevant to her becoming a naturalized United States Citizen.

Melania could have been deported for working in this country without having a work Visa. It is important to note that she has always maintained that she did not break any immigration laws and was not an illegal immigrant.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Schwarzenegger started out as a bodybuilder. He became a U.S. movie star and then the governor of California. Before having an amazing life, Schwarzenegger violated immigration regulations and was considered an illegal immigrant.

According to news reports, the first time he violated immigration rules was in 1968 when he arrived in the United States from Austria on an H-2 visa that only permitted him to compete as a bodybuilder and receive expenses. Schwarzenegger wrote in his biography that while in the U.S. he worked as a consultant to an entrepreneur in the bodybuilding industry and received a weekly salary. As an immigrant, he was not permitted to work as a consultant. Thus, he broke the rules of his visa.

The second time was in 1971. Schwarzenegger obtained a temporary work visa. However, the research suggest that he started his own business for bricklaying. Mercury news interviewed multiple immigration attorneys who stated that by starting the bricklaying business, he was violating the terms of his B1 or H-2 work visa (it is unknown which one he obtained). These visas would have prohibited him from working in the United States.

Based upon these news reports, Arnold Schwarzenegger was an illegal immigrant and could have been sent back to Austria.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron is best known as an Academy Award Winning Actress. What people do not know was that she was also an illegal immigrant.

Theron came to the United States from South Africa. In 1994, Theron received the role opposite Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves as Mary Ann Lomax in “The Devil’s Advocate. When her work visa expired, ICE deported her. Theron states that she was deported because she financed and produced a film about Cuba that painted America in a negative light.

It has never been revealed how she managed to return to this country legally. Nevertheless, reports reveal that Theron was in this country as an illegal immigrant and was deported as a result.

Cesar Millan

Cesar Millan is best known as “The Dog Whisperer.” he has also recently become known that he had once been an illegal immigrant.

When Milan was 21 years old with just $100 in his pocket, he illegally crossed the border from Mexico into California and dreamed of becoming the world’s best dog trainer. His first job in the United States was walking dogs and cleaning their kennels.

Milan stated that his border crossing was like jumping into death. According to Millan, it was one of the hardest things he has ever done. He knows that he broke the law, but he did it for a dream.

According to our President, Mexicans are dangerous. The very dangerous Cesar Milan came into this country as an illegal immigrant. If Mexico built that wall as Trump stated they would build who would have cleaned those dog kennels and walk dogs?

Michael J. Fox

The actor is best known for his roles on the smash TV show playing Republican Alex P. Keaton in “Family Ties.” Fox was also known as Marty McFly in the movie “Back To The Future.”  Would Fox have gotten these jobs, in particular, playing a Republican if people knew he was an illegal immigrant when he tried out for the roles?

Fox came to the United States in 1979 from Canada. When he arrived at this country, he did not have a working visa. Technically, he should not have been permitted to come into this county.

In 2010 he wrote, “Lucky Man: A Memoir” which was his autobiography about how nervous he was when he came to the United States border as an illegal immigrant and arrived into this country without any issues.

Michael J. Fox knew he was crossing the border illegally and was considered an illegal immigrant. He never should have been permitted to come into the United States to work.

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek is best known as an Oscar-nominated Actress. However, what many do not know is that she was an illegal immigrant.

Hayek started out interviewing with the Spanish magazine called ‘V” while she was a student in the United States, she did this while she was an illegal immigrant. Hayek stated that in 1991, she moved to Los Angeles where her visa expired during her residence. Her publicist also admitted that she was an illegal immigrant. Hayek had to return to Mexico and renew her Visa.

Salma Hayek openly admitted that she was in this country illegally and was an illegal immigrant.

John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Undoubtedly, John Lennon was one of the greatest and most important voices of our time, and the fact that he was an illegal immigrant didn’t seem to hurt his career.

In 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono resided in New York. Lennon and Ono were very outspoken about the Vietnam War, participating in anti war rallies and wrote the song “Give Peace A Chance.” They also told people to vote against Nixon who was up for re-election.

The White House decided Lennon should be deported.

Immigration stated that John Lennon was an illegal immigrant and never should have been permitted into the country because he had a marijuana possession from 1968. Lennon was given 60 days to leave the United States, while Ono was granted permanent residency. After Watergate happened, President Ford was not interested in fighting with Lennon.

Lennon was awarded permanent residency in 1976 when the courts ruled that possession of marijuana charge was not enough to prevent him from being in the United States.

Demian Bichir

Demian Bichir is best known for being an Oscar Nominee for the movie “A Better Life” in which he played (shock), an illegal immigrant.

Little did people know that life imitates art. Bichir himself was an illegal immigrant by overstaying his visa.

Bichir was naturalized and granted amnesty by President Ronald Reagan.

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin is best known as one of the most accomplished actors who produced, directed, wrote and acted in some of the most famous movies from 1920-1940.

Chaplin was born in Britain in 1889. In 1952, he returned to England to promote his new film “Limelight.’ He was planning on staying away for only six months.

On Sept. 19, while still at sea, the United States Attorney General stated that they wanted to launch an inquiry into Chaplain to decide if he could be readmitted into the country. He was targeted because of his leftist political beliefs and, therefore, the government considered him an illegal immigrant.

Chaplin never made another American move and vowed never to return to United States. However, he did return in 1972 for four days when he was granted an honorary Academy Award.

Hiep Thi Le

Le starred in Oliver Stone’s “Heaven & Earth,” “Cruel Intentions” and starred opposite Forest Whitaker and Patrick Swayze in “Green Dragon.” Le also was the owner of a French-Vietnamese restaurant, “Le Cellier,” in California. He too was an illegal immigrant.

Le was part of a group that escaped from Vietnam when communists took over the country in the 1970s.

Her father had already left for the United States and her mother made arrangements for her younger sister and Le to escape on a fishing boat. She was told to find her father.

Hiep Thi Le died from Stomach Cancer in 1997. She was 46 years old.

America was built by those who are considered illegal immigrants.  Unless one’s lineage is from the Native Americans, the majority of people who entered the United States would have been considered illegal immigrants.


AP: Melania Trump modeled in US prior to getting work visa
Los Angeles Times: An Illegal-Immigration Irony
Daily Beast: Salma Hayek: I Was an Illegal Immigrant
LPB Network: Immigrant of the Day: Michael J. Fox
Newsmax: Cesar Millan, ‘Dog Whisperer,’ Entered US Illegally at Age 13
The Guardian: 1952: Charlie Chaplin banned from the US
CBS: A Vietnamese Refugee Who Became A Film Star
Los Angeles Times: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s deportation battle

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