Gaining citizenship in the United States can be confusing. There is a prevailing thought that if you marry a citizen, you automatically become a citizen or at least get a green card. However, that is not true. Marrying a resident of Illinois will not automatically guarantee you can stay in this country.
According to The New York Times, this is becoming very obvious as of late with immigration reform under the Trump administration. Previous administrations were lenient and often gave a pass to those married to a citizen. Now, if you show up at any immigration hearings, even your marriage hearing, you may end up getting deported if you are not legally here.