Last updated on: 1/27/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Jose Antonio Vargas Biography

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

“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,” citylab.com, Mar. 4, 2016

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
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
Education:
  • BS, Political Science, San Francisco State University, 2004
Other:
  • Shared a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings in the Washington Post
  • Twitter handle: @joseiswriting
Quoted in:
  1. Are Sanctuary Jurisdictions Good Policy?