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How do undocumented parents break it to their teens that they are in country illegally?

If your parents told you that you were in the country illegally, how did they tell you? When did they tell you? Why did they wait so late? How did you feel when you got the news? Were you upset or forgiving?


How can they blame the US? Their parents are the ones who put them in that situation. How can they feign ignorance by claiming they didn't know their status is illegal when some do things to hide their status.

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  • Raelyn
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    Based on questions posted here by teens and young adults without valid legal status, it seems that most found out when they turned 16 and wanted to get a driver's license or a job. Mexican or Central American parents who entered illegally will usually admit this to their children while those who entered with tourist visas from Asia, Eastern Europe, South America, or the Caribbean will fib, telling their kids that the family was going to get green cards, but the lawyer fumbled the paperwork or some other excuse. There is no direct path from a tourist visa to a green card. Parents either know this in advance and come anyway or find out after coming and stay anyway, waiting for the eldest child to grow up and marry a. US citizen to start the green card chain. Few kids blame their parents. Most recognize that the family is better off here than in the native country.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago


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