In the fall of 1925, she was granted a visa to visit American relatives. She left Russia on January 17, 1926, and arrived in the United States on February 19, entering by ship through New York City. ~ Wiki
After arriving in New York and weeping "tears of splendor" at the sight of all the big shiny buildings in Manhattan (see Wiki link) she rode out to Coney Island where she had her picture taken eating hot dogs with Eddie Cantor and Nelson Rockefeller (not really). She made her way to Chicago where she spent her time watching movies in a theater owned by a relative (see Wiki link). While visiting Chicago she plotted her next move:
After a brief stay with her relatives in Chicago, she resolved never to return to the Soviet Union, and set out for Hollywood to become a screenwriter. (see Wiki link)
The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you." - Genesis 12:1
Alisa Rosenbaum (aka: Ayn Rand) - over-staying her visa - having vowed never to return to her country of origin - was now an illegal (criminal) commie atheist Rooskie fugitive immigrant loose in the God blessed real American breadbasket and headed for the promised heartland of southern California to pursue her shadowy alien dream of taking jobs away from real American screenwriters. Once in Jew controlled Hollywood she would sneak around taking day labor jobs from real Americans (and real-American illegal immigrants too) just to meet her sneaky Kerenskyite objectives.
Eventually she landed a job as an extra in the Cecille B. DeMille silent film King of Kings and it was at this time that she latched onto the actor Frank O'Connor (not the Irish author and anti-Treaty IRA "irregular"). Frank and Ayn got along swell and the next thing you know...:
The two were married on April 15, 1929. Rand became an American citizen in 1931.
1931 For approximately five years, Ayn Rand - illegal fugitive immigrant from Soviet Stalinist Russia - would evade capture and extradition and eventually marry an American citizen while she was still a fugitive from immigration justice. Finally, in 1931, she would be granted amnesty and US citizenship and Alisa Rosenbaum's evasion of the laws of the United States of America would come to an end.
And not a year too soon, because, on June 14, 1932 a little Sheriff Joe Arpaio would be born in Springfield, MA.
Now some - that chattering wally-muggins from Lake Lucille for instance, or self-certified unbridled quack tonic Rand Paul, or the goober senator from Arizona John Kyl, or that dull witted clod J.D. Hayworth, or clunker McCain, or the walking panic disorder Tom Tancredo, among too many others - might suggest we revoke Ayn Rand's citizenship and exhume her remains from Kensico Cemetery in Westchester county and ship her back to St. Petersburg in a White Nights Espresso Dazbog coffee travel mug. But not me. No siree.
I think we should erect a gigantic Ayn Rand memorial welcome fountain somewhere along the border in Arizona with a stone plaque tablet that reads:
'"Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you." - I got away with it, so can you. And Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (who was born in Hollywood, California) can kiss my border hopping ass!"