• Undocumented: The faces behind the immigration debate

    Power Players

    In many ways, Jose Antonio Vargas is an American success story. He’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and documentary filmmaker.

    There’s only one problem: he didn’t immigrate to the United States legally.

    When Vargas was 12 years old, his mother sent him from the Philippines to live with his grandparents, who are naturalized U.S. citizens, in the United States. It wasn’t until he applied for a driver’s permit four years later that he learned he was living in the country undocumented.

    “I went to the DMV to get a driver's permit, like any 16 year old, and that's when they found out that the green card that my grandfather gave me was actually fake,” Vargas tells ABC Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila. “And then I went home, confronted my grandfather, and that's when he said to me, you know, ‘what are you doing showing that to people?’”

    While Vargas was initially shocked at learning he was not in the United States legally, he has since learned that his

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  • Economics 101: Meet the students who will pay if Congress misses student loan deadline

    The Fine Print

    Brandon Anderson, a 28-year-old Iraq war veteran, is in pursuit of the American dream.

    After spending five years in the military and two more at a community college, Anderson was able to transfer to Georgetown University to complete his education. What has made it all possible, Anderson tells The Fine Print, is government-subsidized student loans.

    “I could not attend college here or probably anywhere else without the student loan program,” Anderson says, estimating that he’ll graduate $25,000 in debt. 

    But the interest rates on the Stafford loans upon which Anderson and about 7 million other financially needy students across the country rely are set to double on July 1 from the current 3.4 percent interest rate to 6.8 percent -- unless Congress acts to prevent it.

    The House and Senate are at odds over how to address student loan rates.

    Last month, the House passed a bill that would tie student loan rates to the interest rate of 10-year Treasury notes, plus 2.5 percent.

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  • Made in the USA: Journey behind the label

    Top Line

    After a manufacturing plant closed down in his hometown of Ravenswood, W.Va., resulting in 650 people losing their jobs, Josh Miller began to wonder what was really made in America anymore.

    He decided to set out on a 30-day road trip across the United States in search of answers for how to revive American manufacturing - all the while trying to survive on only goods and products stamped with “Made in USA.”

    “I really thought that I could take this opportunity to give the Made in America movement and these folks a voice,” said Miller, who documented his trip in a film, “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey.”

    Miller told Top Line that the Made in America movement isn’t so much about trying to get people to buy only American-made products that might be more expensive than foreign-made ones, but it’s about finding solutions to lower the prices of American-made products.

    “I think there are a lot of policies that we can push to help allow our businesses here in America to help reduce

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