They deploy an arsenal of tropes (such as “What part of illegal don’t you understand? And they have turned “amnesty,” which Ronald Reagan proudly embraced, into a four-letter word that conservative presidential contenders shun.
(Congratulations, Rush Limbaugh.) Indeed, the only candidate recommending something like amnesty is not Ron Paul—who, until recently, was touting every restrictionist canard and then some—but the rapidly fading Newt Gingrich.
They have created a false moral equivalence between serious criminals and petty visa violators.
The actress, now considered one of the most influential Latino stars in Hollywood, admitted she was classed as an illegal for a 'small period of time'.
Temporary tourist visas were easier to land, but only for those who could prove they didn’t plan to settle here. But Rand instead married an American citizen in 1929, gaining a path to citizenship.
According to Mimi Gladstein’s biography, Rand timed her wedding before her visa, which she had gotten extended, finally expired.
The actress was also a producer of the hit TV series Ugly Betty, having spotted the series in its original form in Colombia and eventually bringing it to the U. She is married to billionaire François-Henri Pinault and has a three-year-old daughter Valentina.
As well as being the most powerful Latino star in Hollywood she is also an active campaigner for women's rights as well as those of undocumented workers.