May I apply for asylum if I entered the U.S. illegally?
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I am originally from Ethiopia, but my family got me a visa to Mexico, and a couple days later, paid someone to smuggle me across the border into the United States. Now they tell me I should apply for asylum, but I have read that you cannot get a green card if you entered the U.S. illegally. Is it really okay for me to apply, or will I just get deported as a result?