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Jose Antonio Vargas Biography

Founder and CEO of Define American
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“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