Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Pulitzer Prize winner: I'm an illegal immigrant

Jose Antonio Vargas a Pulitzer Prize winner is discussing America's hidden secret in a very open way. He published an article in the New York Times where he comes out as an illegal immigrant. "I’m done running. I’m exhausted. I don’t want that life anymore," he writes in the personal essay. "So I’ve decided to come forward, own up to what I’ve done, and tell my story to the best of my recollection. I’ve reached out to former bosses­ and employers and apologized for misleading them — a mix of humiliation and liberation coming with each disclosure."

I personally applaud him  for coming out and telling his story, it's extremely brave of him. I believe that America needs to have a real conversation about immigration. There are so many people live in constant fear  like Jose shielding their secret from the public, concealing their status in order to prevent deportation. As a Zimbabwean this an issue that is very near and dear to my heart.

The future is unclear for Jose, he could potentially face being deported back to his native country. "I don’t know what the consequences will be of telling my story," he writes. Vargas is telling his story as he ramps up an effort with the advocacy group he founded called Define American

So folks tell me your thoughts, if you were an illegal immigrant would you tell? Does Jose deserve to be deported?

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