Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 05/05/06 Oscar Hernandez came to the United States by a different route. He crossed into the country after leaving his home in El Salvador illegally. An amnesty program announced during the Reagan Administration allowed him to seek legal residency status. It’s a status he still holds today, living in Galveston 24 years after entering the country. “It took me two years just to go through the process,” said Hernandez. “A few years later I brought my wife over here and my (oldest) daughter.” Legal residency led to a better-paying job at the University of Texas Medical Branch and eventually a job at College of the Mainland in Texas City, where he is a member of the landscaping crew. Like many who enter the country illegally, Hernandez said economic opportunity and providing for his family were paramount.