“With a couple hundred dollars, the clothes on our backs, no family in the United States, and no clue of what was going to happen next, that’s exactly what we did,” Camila Cabello wrote, telling her immigration story to PopSugar in April 2017. It’s a story many now-American citizens and/or their parents share — the story of leaving everything behind to start new in a land so unfamiliar, yet so promising to them.
Really, ask any of your friends, ask any of your friends’ friends, ask your parents’ friends, and someone is bound to be part of a first- or second-generation American family. Hell, you can even ask me, and I’ll tell you the same: Even after getting her degree and working for a few years as a science teacher in the Philippines, my mother left everything behind to come to the States when she just was 23.
And plenty of celebs, not just Cabello, have their own immigrant story. In fact, here are 19 other foreign-born celebs who would later become U.S. citizens.
A version of this article was originally published in March 2017.