8 years illegal in the US??? You could easily have got amnesty. If you work in the US and pay taxes as an illegal citizen then you could have got amnesty.
I suggest that you contact www.casademaryland.org
(301) 431 4177
It's an organisation supported by the US government that helps illegal immigrants with various things.
Such as amnesty, job search, paying taxes, illegal parents with US born children, avoiding deportation, affordable housing, refugees, free education (Maryland dream act), etc.
Most people who work for them speak Spanish.