Father of Ricky Romero (who pitches for the Blue Jays) tells his story in this article.
At 17, Ricardo Sr. paid a smuggler to drive him and a few friends into El Paso before catching a bus to California.
“It was crazy, with my dad crossing illegally,’’ Romero says. “My dad’s goal was to come to the United States for a better life. So when he got that chance, he wasn’t going to let go of it.”
Reformed federal immigration laws under the Reagan administration would eventually allow “undocumented” people in the U.S. to become legal residents, with a path to citizenship — and the right to vote — if they choose. The senior Romero is now a legal resident.