# Illustrator: Cannot select text behind “Place” Object

I did a File > Place in my Illustrator document, and it is displaying the X frame over the thing, even after I press Enter.

Unfortunately, I cannot select the text box or do any of the stuff I want to do on top of the image I am trying to place.

The X on the box means it's a Linked graphic.
You can either go to your Links palette and Embed the file,
2. Select the placed object > Object > Arrange > Send to back (To see the extent of the "cover-up" > View > Show Bounding Box. If any part of the lower element is free of overlapping element, clicking on it will select it and make it the active element.)