7 Immigrant Stars Who Could Have Been Deported

6:30 AM 3/16/2017

by Kalee Thompson

As THR explores the impact of Trump's pledge to terminate DACA, a look at bold-faced names — from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Salma Hayek to Melania Trump — who were undocumented or visa violators before they were famous (and U.S. citizens).

Salma Hayek, Michael J. Fox, Melania Trump and Demian Bichir
Salma Hayek, Michael J. Fox, Melania Trump and Demian Bichir
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  • Demian Bichir


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    After overstaying his visa, the Oscar nominee (A Better Life) was naturalized as part of President Ronald Reagan's 1986 amnesty.

  • Michael J. Fox


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    The Back to the Future star recounts in his autobiography being nervous crossing into the U.S. to work since "the actual visa had not yet come through."

  • Salma Hayek


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    "I was an illegal immigrant in the United States," Hayek revealed in an interview with a Spanish magazine. "It was for a small period of time, but I still did it."

  • Hiep Thi Le


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    The star of Oliver Stone's Heaven & Earth left home on a raft and, after an oceanic odyssey, entered the U.S. with forged documents.

  • Cesar Millan


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    "I came to the United States illegally," Millan, aka the Dog Whisperer, wrote in his autobiography; he became a citizen in 2009.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger


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    In the '70s, future Terminator, California governor and Trump's successor on The Celebrity Apprentice worked illegally as a bricklayer while in the U.S. on an athletics visa for bodybuilding.

  • Melania Trump


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    An AP investigation in November discovered that the first lady was paid for 10 jobs as a model despite lacking a proper work visa during the 1990s.

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