"Define American" with Jose Antonio Vargas
When applying for his driving permit, Jose Antonio Vargas discovered his green card was forged, which was later confirmed by his grandfather. Vargas then realized he needed to continue hiding his true identity to avoid deportation and be able to pursue his American dream – a career in journalism. For over a decade Vargas worked as a journalist writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country including The New Yorker and Huffington Post. In the summer of 2011, 18 years after arriving in America, Vargas decided he was done hiding. He exposed his story in his ground breaking essay, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant,” for the New York Times Magazine. Today Vargas runs Define American, a non-profit organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration.
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