The Dream Act, which would allow illegal immigrants that arrived in the country as minors who have become students or served in the military to become legal citizens, has found its face.
Jose Antonio Vargas, a Filipino writer who has written for several top newspapers, is an avid supporter of the Dream Act. He is so confident that it will be signed into law that he has recently opened up about his illegal status after years as a successful journalist. Many experts have questioned exactly what he was thinking when he did this, saying that he could face deportation among other hardships.
But the writer believes that he is making the right decision by admitting that he is an undocumented immigrant. He said that he is tired of carrying around the secret inside of him. Recently, the United States Senate asked him to attend a hearing concerning the Act which he is so adamant about.
In addition to lending his personal story to support the Dream Act, the writer has also started a campaign called Define American to help build momentum for the immigration bill. Define American is a multi-platform media campaign that seeks to open the conversation about immigration and allow people to share their own individual stories.
Vargas did not state whether or not he would testify in the hearing that the Senate invited him to. Political advocates are in talks with Vargas to make a joint effort on pushing the bill forward.
The writer has stated that some immigrants are supporting him while others are saying that they are embarrassed of him. Regardless, Vargas is standing strong and wholeheartedly believes that he, along with many other undocumented immigrants, will soon be a legal citizen.
Source: ABS-CBN News, "Vargas invited to US Senate hearing on Dream Act," Don Tagala, 6/28/11.