Marriage generally rises to the level of a right. What papers? a will? a power of attorney? Be careful; right now with FBar and FATCA, the aspects of a relationship with a foreigner/immigrant (legal or not) could cause extreme problems.
See a tax attorney without delay.
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The criminal record of a U.S. citizen has nothing to do with whether they can marry an immigrant and give them papers. You need to consult an immigration attorney.
Seth Weinstein, Esq.
Practicing throughout Southern California
This reply should NOT be considered a legal opinion of your case / inquiry. At this time I do not have sufficient factual/legal documentation to give a complete answer to your question and there may be more to the issues you raised then I have set out in my brief reply.