“My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” featuring Jose Antonio Vargas

Date: Mon, February 25, 2013

About this program

Grade level(s): Middle School, High School

Town Hall Program Session:  1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Filipino American journalist living and working in the United States.  Vargas was part of The Washington Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in 2008 for their coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings online and in print.  Born in the Philippines, and raised in the United States from the age of 12, Vargas has also worked for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Daily News, and The Huffington Post.

In a June 2011 essay in The New York Times Magazine, Vargas revealed his status as an “undocumented immigrant” in order to promote dialogue about the immigration system in the US.  It was also a way to advocate for the DREAM Act, which would help children in similar circumstances have a path to citizenship.  A year later, after he wrote a cover story for Time about his continued uncertainty regarding his status, the Obama administration announced its halt to the deportation of undocumented immigrants under age 30 eligible for the DREAM Act; Vargas himself does not qualify due to his age.

Join us on February 25th as Mr. Vargas discusses the plight of undocumented immigrants in the United States.

To participate:

Schools interested in participating in this educational opportunity should contact John Ramicone at 216-916-6360 or by February 21st. 

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