Ya think? Arizona is about 33% Hispanic, almost entirely Mexican. About 14% of the state are foreign born, legal and illegal. Guess what nationality? All but a tiny number were born in Mexico.
If you see someone who looks Mexican, if you know them as a friend or somebody you do business with, and they trust you, they may tell you about the status of members of their family. Surprisingly few families in Arizona are all legal or all illegal. More like (this is a real case, but I’m not entirely clear on all the details, but this is mostly accurate):
“Grandmother is legal, but she doesn’t speak any English. Grandfather was illegal, but died here 20 years ago, both of their sons were born American, but one married a Mexican illegal. Two of their kids were born here, and two in Mexico. The two who are illegal were raised here and have never been to Mexico, and aren’t very good with Spanish so have a hard time talking to Grandmother. We used to have a cousin in Mexico but they died so we don’t have any relatives left there.”
Other states (all data US census):
Texas, 38% Hispanic, 16% foreign born.
New Mexico, 46% Hispanic, 10% foreign born.
California, 38% Hispanic, 27% foreign born.
Surprisingly there are likely many FReepers who know illegals and do business with them, likely without knowing they are illegals, or have family here who are illegals.
In fact, I have no idea if you are a legal citizen.
And there it is. No one is legal, right? Except...