Pulitzer Prize Winner Is An Illegal Immigrant
Do you recognize the name Jose Antonio Vargas? He’s the Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who, last September, revealed that he was gay in an article he wrote about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Evidently being one for candor, Vargas has now written an article admitting that he is an illegal immigrant. Vargas explained that as an illegal immigrant he:
…decided… that I could never give anyone reason to doubt I was an American. I convinced myself that if I worked enough, if I achieved enough, I would be rewarded with citizenship. I felt I could earn it. I’ve tried. Over the past 14 years, I’ve graduated from high school and college and built a career as a journalist, interviewing some of the most famous people in the country. On the surface, I’ve created a good life. I’ve lived the American dream. There are believed to be 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. We’re not always who you think we are. Some pick your strawberries or care for your children. Some are in high school or college. And some, it turns out, write news articles you might read. I grew up here. This is my home. Yet even though I think of myself as an American and consider America my country, my country doesn’t think of me as one of its own. [NYT]
Okay, so let’s see how this is going to play given that illegal immigration is such a hot perennial political topic. Here is one man’s earnest story about how he strove to become a genuine American and to live the American Dream, despite being “undocumented.” Are we really going to say he’s not one of us just because he doesn’t have the right papers? Please!