Jose Antonio Vargas: Americans have profound misunderstanding of immigration

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, June 14, 2012 17:30 EDT
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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas on Thursday said the immigration system was fundamentally broken.

“Ordinary Americans have such a profound misunderstanding of what this issue is and who we exactly are,” he told CBS News.

The Filipino writer — who has has worked for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Daily News, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post — revealed in 2011 that he was an undocumented immigrant. Vargas has lived in the United States for nearly 20 years.

“There isn’t a process,” he explained. “People don’t know that. I remember being in Iowa in Cedar Rapids and Mitt Romney telling the audience people like me should get in the back of the line. Where is the line? If they can tell us where it is, if it’s in Times Square somewhere, I’ll go there right now. There is no line, there is no process.”

Vargas said that he had called the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but the agency had no records of him and refused to deal with his case.

Watch video, courtesy of CBS News, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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