Jose Antonio Vargas came to the United States from the Philippines at the age of twelve. His mother packed him off to live with relatives, telling the boy that she would join him here shortly, but she never did. Vargas graduated high school and college in the United States and went on to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose by-line has appeared in many national publications. All things considered, he has built an amazing career in journalism.
But Jose Antonio Vargas has recently thrown caution to the wind and announced that he is an undocumented worker who is residing in the United States illegally. He said that he did not realize that he was undocumented until the DMV told him that his Green Card was a fake. Since learning that shocking tidbit, he has been forced to live in fear of being found out and deported. Here is how he described that life:
"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.
"But I am still an undocumented immigrant. And that means living a different kind of reality. It means going about my day in fear of being found out. It means rarely trusting people, even those closest to me, with who I really am. It means keeping my family photos in a shoebox rather than displaying them on shelves in my home, so friends don't ask about them. It means reluctantly, even painfully, doing things I know are wrong and unlawful. And it has meant relying on a sort of 21st-century underground railroad of supporters, people who took an interest in my future and took risks for me."Jose Antonio Vargas is an American by any fair measure, and his case serves to poignantly illustrate just how ridiculous American immigration policy is at this time in our history. America should be fighting to attract immigrants with the skills and ambition of Mr. Vargas, and we should be constantly striving to strengthen our country by enriching our cultural diversity and not limiting our national gene pool to angry whites of European descent.
Of course, if Mr. Vargas is deported we can always give his job to some deserving, red, white, and blue-blooded real American: Billy Bob Beerbelly down in Bigfoot, Oklahoma, would love to have the job that Vargas has been hogging. Billy Bob has read a newspaper - a couple of times - well, parts of a newspaper - and he was home-schooled by his parents, Buck and Babe Beerbelly, where he learned all about his ancestors raising dinosaurs and how we fought the wrong people in World War II. Billy Bob really wants to work - when he's not tweaking!
Oh God, please step up and protect us from ourselves!