Perhaps the most stunning story to come out of the last few days is that of Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who wrote a breathtaking expose on — himself. Yes, he has been an undocumented immigrant living illegally in the country for decades, and he has finally come out in order to have an open and honest conversation about immigration and the country’s paths to citizenship.
The reaction has been passionate, to say the least. The Washington Post, who was originally going to run the piece, eventually turned it down, many think out of hurt feelings over being deceived. Another of his editors also complains of being duped. Reporters are primarily concerned with how Vargas’s lies effect them as a profession. But Think Progress notes that Vargas’s story shows that people are only somewhat willing to enact our immigration laws, based on how many people assisted him along the way. Not so, say conservatives, who want him at the very least convicted as a tax cheat if not worse.
Now that he’s out, and has admitted his past wrongdoings, will he be deported? Mother Jones speaks with experts who say it is unlikely.
Watch Vargas tell his own story.
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