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 hisRead More »from Undocumented: The faces behind the immigration debate