“My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant”

On June 22, 2011, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Jose Antonio Vargas revealed his story, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” in the New York Times.  Filipino American Vargas had immigrated to the US when he was 12 years old.  In his essay, Vargas revealed that his grandparents had not told him that his green card was falsified.  He learned this when he was 16 and attempted to apply for a driver’s license.  Vargas did not want to leave the country that he had grown up in, and hoped that by working hard and contributing, he could earn his citizenship.  Vargas considers himself as an undocumented immigrant, not an illegal alien, and like millions of other undocumented immigrants, is praying for the passage of the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act.

El 22 de junio de 2011, ganador del Premio Pulitzer escritor José Antonio Vargas reveló su historia: “Mi vida como un inmigrante indocumentado”, en el New York Times. Filipino-Estadounidense Vargas había emigrado a los EE.UU. cuando tenía 12 años de edad. En su ensayo, Vargas reveló que sus abuelos no le había dicho que su tarjeta de residencia ha sido falsificada. Se enteró de esto cuando tenía 16 años y trató de solicitar una licencia de conducir. Vargas no quería salir del país que había crecido, y expresó la esperanza de que trabajando duro y contribuyendo, podría ganar su ciudadanía. Vargas se considera como un inmigrante indocumentado, no un extranjero ilegal, y al igual que otros millones de inmigrantes indocumentados, está orando por la aprobación de la DREAM (Desarrollo, Alivio y Educación para Menores Extranjeros).

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