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BREAKING NEWS: Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Outs Himself as Illegally Present Immigrant

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The New York Times has just published an essay by Jose Antonio Vargas, a Filipino national who won the Pulitzer Prize for his work reporting on the Virginia Tech shootings for the Washington Post. Vargas has been in the US since age 12 and his essay talks about his efforts to find a legal solution to his immigration problems as well as the shadow of fear which he has lived with since learning his status when he wanted to get a drivers license at age 16.


His compelling personal story shows why we need the DREAM Act better than hearing the arguments from people like me. You can read his essay here and watch him being interviewed tomorrow night on ABC's Nightline.

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  1. Another Voice's Avatar
    Getting what they deserve for being idiots!!!

    The Associated Press reports:

    The first batch of probationers started work last week at a farm owned by Dick Minor, president of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association. In the coming days, more farmers could join the program.

    So far, the experiment at Minor's farm is yielding mixed results. On the first two days, all the probationers quit by mid-afternoon, said Mendez, one of two crew leaders at Minor's farm.

    "Those guys out here weren't out there 30 minutes and they got the bucket and just threw them in the air and say, 'Bonk this, I ain't with this, I can't do this,'" said Jermond Powell, a 33-year-old probationer. "They just left, took off across the field walking."

    Mendez put the probationers to the test last Wednesday, assigning them to fill one truck and a Latino crew to a second truck. The Latinos picked six truckloads of cucumbers compared to one truckload and four bins for the probationers.

    Just as an aside, Minor Brothers Farm is listed as the second largest recipient of federal farm subsidies in the state, collecting a total of $11.4 million between 2000 and 2009.
  2. Jim's Avatar
    AV, you did not provide any link. I'm presuming this is from GA? If so, then I agree. Backfired big-time as expected.

    If I'm not mistaken, there's wildfires in GA right now. Wait until an idiot blame that to illegal immigrants.

  3. Jim's Avatar
    Going back to the article on the blog. Stories like his really does make the case for the DREAM Act. Very brave of him to comeout like that.
  4. Another Voice's Avatar
    Here we go again......

    Comprehensive Immigration Reform Effort Relaunched In Senate

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/22/comprehensive-immigration-reform-effort-relaunched_n_882438.html

  5. Another Voice's Avatar
    I guess knowing that they do not have the votes in the senate or the house.....this is absolutely pure partisan politics to get the Latino vote. I think Latinos are getting tired of the dems playing this card every election, they have milked this cow dry... Latinos may just get turned off further by this surely empty promise. Unless they are doing it to show that EO is the only way to go here because there is no chance otherwise.
  6. F's Avatar
    "Going back to the article on the blog. Stories like his really does make the case for the DREAM Act. Very brave of him to comeout like that. "

    It is a very moving story indeed , I will be surprised if he is not protected by a private members bill at the least .

    But the Dream Act proposed in current form is totally unfair to lot of kids who are waiting in line legally.

    Eligibility for the Dream Act is not excellence as the proponents claim but its finisihing two years of college in the latest version.
  7. Jack's Avatar
    A comment:

    I am from the Phils and currently a resident immigrant. I waited 10 yrs and paid $$$ to get my green card. After my studies in the universities which I had to pay for, I had to do practical training, then attained work visa and after 2 extensions filed for labor certification and for immigration status. My point is, it is also unfair to those of us who actually followed every law to legally attained our status to reward those that do not. Why will the US government reward those that break the rules and punished those that follow the rules?

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    AV:
    "[T]this is absolutely pure partisan politics to get the Latino vote."

    Notice how many of the comments say the same thing. I wonder how many people are also noticing that pro-CIR people have recently had *nothing* good to say about employment verification and then turn around and illogically say the answer is "comprehensive immigration reform". Since one of CIR's main elements is employment verification, how can they claim their CIR plan is a cure-all if a key element is so doomed to fail? Everything they claim is flawed about employment verification will be the same of verification in a CIR plan. Could it be they just want the legalization and the supposed support of enforcement is in pure bad faith? Is it unreasonable to assume that they will still oppose all the enforcement they currently do if it came via CIR legislation? What they have always fought tooth and nail will suddenly be supported? We should just trust them? Doesn't it make more sense to get the verification system up and running effectively first?
  8. George Chell in Singapore's Avatar
    "Just as an aside, Minor Brothers Farm is listed as the second largest recipient of federal farm subsidies in the state, collecting a total of $11.4 million between 2000 and 2009."

    They need to abolish farm subsidies and it will at least cut illegal immigration by 25%.

  9. Jim's Avatar
    "But the Dream Act proposed in current form is totally unfair to lot of kids who are waiting in line legally.

    Eligibility for the Dream Act is not excellence as the proponents claim but its finisihing two years of college in the latest version."

    Point well taken. Believe it or not I'm not totally for it (same as "amnesty")or in short inflexible or a hardliner like some people are but at the same time I'm also realistic and practical. We can't deport everyone as that will be almost impossible and very resource-intensive and fences are a waste of money. We can't deport people as well that didn't know they were brought in illegally as kids as well. This is why I am not against E-verify and do not mind a hi-tech tamper-proof national ID as these two things will do more to prevent illegals getting fraudulent SSNs and identity theft.
  10. Another Voice's Avatar
    Everyone knows what elements need to be part of any good CIR the details will be worked out, but if there is NO POLITICAL WILL to end the political football on it it will never happen. If they never show political will and get to work on it, our suggestions as to got has to be in or out or fair or not fair for some and not for others are pointless....
  11. Nurse Waiting's Avatar
    While everyone knows that CIR isn't going anywhere, point of introducing in senate is to counter everify bill in house. Dems are saying, if you want everify, then it is in CIR. More than political mileage, it is about sending clear message to house Reps.

    On another note, I don't understand why current administration is so anti immigrant (not words but in terms of action towards both legal and illegal)?
  12. Another Voice's Avatar
    "On another note, I don't understand why current administration is so anti immigrant (not words but in terms of action towards both legal and illegal)?"

    I think they are scared of the issue, on the one hand they would love to secure the Latino votes for many generations to come after the census numbers and secure the economic prosperity that comes with legal Immigration. But my guess is that they do not know exactly how that 10% of the population that always decide the elections feels about it...the so called "independent voters". So the status quo buys them time until they feel comfortable with what ever choice they are going to make if any...
  13. OPAL32Rios's Avatar
    I think that to get the credit loans from banks you should have a great reason. Nevertheless, once I have received a student loan, just because I wanted to buy a house.
  14. Another Voice's Avatar
    Lamar Smith Unveils Plan To Block Obama's Power On Deportations

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/23/lamar-smith-block-obama-deportation_n_883259.html
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