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Jose Antonio Vargas Biography

Founder and CEO of Define American
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"

“I’ve been waiting for 23 years now, and I can wait 20 more years if you think that’s fair. But not having a process [to immigrate legally], to me, is the problem. Undocumented people in this country are in a state of perpetual purgatory. Of course I’d get in the back of the line, if there were a line somewhere.”

Tanvi Misra, “Jose Antonio Vargas on How America Talks about Immigration,”, Mar. 4, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-founder and CEO, Define American, 2011-present
  • Outspoken undocumented immigrant and advocate for the DREAM Act
  • Member, Tony Awards Nominating Committee
  • Member, Advisory Board, TheDream.US
  • Former writer, The Huffington Post
  • Former staff writer, Washington Post
  • Former intern, Washington Post
  • Intern, Philadelphia Daily News, 2001
  • BS, Political Science, San Francisco State University, 2004
  • Shared a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings in the Washington Post
  • Twitter handle: @joseiswriting
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