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BREAKING: Jose Antonio Detained by Border Patrol

Jose Antonio Vargas, sometimes called “America’s Most Famous Undocumented Immigrant,” was detained by border patrol in McAllen, Texas today while attempting to fly home after a border vigil for the Central American children fleeing violence. Jose, who is a Pultizer Prize winning Journalist and recently released a biographical documentary called “Undocumented,”  joined UWD and MAC (Minority Affairs Council), a … Continue reading »

Define American Presents The Pledge: A Symbol of Unity for the Immigration Movement

From Define American, a new symbol of unity for the immigration movement: When immigrants become U.S. citizens, they swear an oath. We should all be willing to do that. Let’s renew our vows to America: I pledge to be an active American to show up for others to govern my self to help govern my … Continue reading »

This Friday: Watch Jose Antonio Vargas' Documentary "Documented"

For those in Washington, DC this Friday: take a break from the hustle and bustle of town and come to the premier of Jose Antonio Vargas‘ documentary, a film he’s been working on since early 2011. “Documented” has been chosen as the centerpiece film at this year’s AFI Docs festival in D.C.  The screening is at 8 … Continue reading »

TPM on Jose Antonio Vargas' Unlikely Friendship With Tea Party Leader Mark Meckler

No April Fools’ joke.  At Talking Points Memo today is a great story about odd allies—and the friendship between undocumented activist extraordinaire Jose Antonio Vargas and founder of the Tea Party Patriots Mark Meckler.  Vargas is the gay Pulitzer Prize-winning immigrant who first outed himself to the New York Times, starting a national conversation about … Continue reading »

Thank You Jose Antonio Vargas!

Today,  Jose Antonio Vargas became the first openly undocumented journalist to testify before Congress this year when he appeared at an historic Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing. This was the Senate’s first hearing on immigration reform this year, effectively lifting the curtain on what promises to be a roller coaster of a legislative debate that will … Continue reading »

ICYMI: "Undocumented Immigrants" Take Third in Time Magazine "Person of the Year" Readers' Choice Contest

TIME Magazine editors named Barack Obama their “Person of the Year” today–but in the magazine’s recent Readers’ Choice poll for the same award, the President came in at 18th.  “Undocumented Immigrants“ finished with a strong third, while The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart took second, and first place went to North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un (after meddling from 4chan.) Undocumented … Continue reading »

"Undocumented Immigrants" Take Third in Time Magazine "Person of the Year" Readers' Choice Contest

TIME Magazine editors named Barack Obama their “Person of the Year” today–but in the magazine’s recent Readers’ Choice poll for the same award, the President came in at 18th.  “Undocumented Immigrants“ finished with a strong third, while The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart took second, and first place went to North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un (after meddling from 4chan.) Undocumented … Continue reading »

Joey Kennedy: Anti-Immigrant Extremists Can't Defend HB 56, Stay Away from Alabama Immigration Town Hall

Last night in Alabama, undocumented former Washington Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas spoke at an Immigration Town Hall entitled “Do I Look ‘Illegal’?” and discussed Alabama’s HB 56 anti-immigrant state law as well as anti-immigrant sentiments like it around the nation.  One of HB 56’s sponsors, state Sen. Scott Beason (R), was invited to attend … Continue reading »

Journalist Mario Guevara Faces Deportation to El Salvador

Cross-Posted at The Sanctuary: How does someone go from being perceived as an asset to this country to someone who is quickly disposable? This is the question I ask myself in light of journalist Mario Guevara’s case and following José Antonio Vargas’ coming out as undocumented last year. Technically, Guevara is now undocumented. He came … Continue reading »

Hey Marco Rubio: Where's the Bill?

As the media buzz around Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and his impending “DREAM Act lite” continues, important questions remain about what the bill will look like and what its legislative chances will be. As Alex Leary writes today in the Tampa Bay Times of the impending Rubio bill: It’s one of the most hyped bills … Continue reading »