What’s the difference? Other than a constant nagging fear of being deported, not much. Oprah.com has a piece from the April 2012 edition of O Magazine that provides a lot of insight into how and why one woman found her family living illegally in the United States. With no job prospects in Mexico, her husband came to the US as a tourist, found a job and stayed. “Anna” stayed behind in Mexico. She brought the kids to see their Dad whenever she could. One day, her rights to travel to the US as a tourist were revoked because of a cousin’s unpaid medical bill. The family faced a decision.