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Juan Vargas, MA, JD Biography

Title:
California State Representative
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“I’m not in favor of second class status. We have to continue to fight for a pathway to citizenship.”

Adriana Maestas, “Freshman CA Congressman Juan Vargas: ‘I Didn’t Realize the Partisan Divide Would Be So Deep,'” nbclatino.com, July 29, 2013

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • California State Representative, Jan. 3, 2013-present
  • California State Senator, Dec. 6, 2010-Jan. 2, 2013
  • Former Vice President of External Affairs, Safeco Insurance
  • Former Vice President of Corporate Legal, Liberty Mutual Group
  • Assemblyman, California State Assembly, Dec. 4, 2000-Dec. 4, 2006
  • Councilman, San Diego City Council, Feb. 22, 1993-Dec. 4, 2000
  • Novice, Jesuit Novitiate, Santa Barbara, CA
Education:
  • JD, Harvard University, 1991
  • MA, Humanities, Fordham University, 1987
  • BA, magna cum laude, Political Science, University of San Diego, 1983
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @RepJuanVargas
  • Lives in San Diego with his wife, Adrienne, an Associate Vice President of San Diego State University, and their two daughters, Rosa and Helena
  • His father immigrated to the United States in the late 1940s as part of the Bracero program
  • Hosted a Kosovar refugee family for almost two years during the US invasion of Kosova
  • Was a Harvard University classmate of Barack Obama
Quoted in:
  1. Are DACA and the DREAM Act Good for America?