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Jose Antonio Vargas' life 'Documented'

Original post made on Jan 28, 2014

Last night's presentation of Jose Antonio Vargas' new film was not the first, but it may have been the most significant for the journalist and immigrant rights advocate who calls Mountain View home.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 1:26 PM


Posted by Steven Nelson, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Great educational charity organization to support. Especially - I didn't know they had 0% administrative overhead. Vargas into the Tea Party? Wow - I always admired "speaking truth to power." But then - maybe the GOP Speaker of the US House of Representatives, has shown that that particular part of the 'party' has lost it's power.
-on the side - cold milk tea? The current movie 'Saving Mr. Banks' is a splendid place to think about kids, families, growing up in adversity and another story of artistic inspirations.

Posted by kathy, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 28, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Very impressive, sorry I missed the event. I am going to make a donation to Community Scholars right now. Web Link

Posted by hmm, a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Jan 28, 2014 at 3:01 pm

"Vargas said he lives every day unsure of what is coming next. He has wondered if he will be deported. He has worried that the people who have helped him along the way -- the people who have lied for him -- will get into trouble."

This is nothing but a mockery of our immigration system that is in place. All the illegals need to go back where they came from. Our immigration system is the kindest in the world, so they need to go back and come in the correct way.

Posted by WHy?, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 28, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Why does the citizenry, of United States, encourage the immigrants to set immigration policy? Isn't that the purview of the government?

I actually don't have an opinion on what is right or wrong on the issue.

Posted by pepperfox, a resident of Gemello
on Jan 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm

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Posted by Le Dude, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jan 29, 2014 at 6:02 am

Get a hair cut!

Posted by Ivan Taskov, a resident of another community
on Jan 29, 2014 at 9:27 am

I am legal immigrant that came here 13 years ago. It took me 7 years and fortune of money to follow the USA laws. And I will be very happy if receive even half of the help that Mr. Vargas (the illegal immigrant) receive.
The message is do not follow the law and you will be rewarded? Am I right?

Posted by Steve, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jan 29, 2014 at 10:57 am

"My goal from the beginning was to show what a broken immigration system does"

But a broken immigration system did not do this. His parents did. And granting citizenship to children smuggled into the country would encourage more parents to do it. Not only does this skirt the immigration laws, it encourages separating young children from their parents.

If Mr. Vargas wanted/wants to become a US citizen, he should have returned to the Philippines and applied for a visa.

"Vargas said he lives every day unsure of what is coming next. He has wondered if he will be deported"

All he needs to do is return to the Philippines and apply for a visa.

"He explains that there is no real process for the 11 million estimated undocumented men and women living in the U.S. to start working toward citizenship."

Yes, there is. Return to their home country and apply for a visa.

And honestly, is a conversation between a drunken vagrant and someone who has studied immigration issues a useful dialog? Especially when Vargas has no response to the drunken man's assertion on the impact on low-skilled employment.

The reason there are so many undocumented workers is not because it's difficult to become documented (H2-A), but because they like it that way - neither they nor their employer pay taxes, insurance or social security.

Posted by Breaking the law, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 29, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Poster child for breaking the law. Maybe we all should not worry if something is illegal or not and just do as we wish.

Posted by Wondering, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 29, 2014 at 2:03 pm

The comments that he should 'go home' are missing the point. He built his life here. Mountain View is his home. The immigration policies are not addressing the realities of the present and they do need reform.

It was particularly sad that when the Federal government allowed other children of immigrants a path to citizenship, he was one year older than the cut off.

This man is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. He adds great value to our community and our country. We benefit by his presence.

Posted by @wondering, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 29, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Not sure what you don't understand about what illegal means?

There is nothing wrong with our immigration system!! It's the best in the world.

What is wrong, is the Feds not upholding the laws.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jan 30, 2014 at 10:45 am

"The comments that he should 'go home' are missing the point. He built his life here."

I understand that. And it will be difficult for him. But his parents are to blame for that. He can apply for a visa to the USA and return legally. If he had done that when he first realized he was here illegally, he would have his green card by now.

Posted by Sophiemutterfan, a resident of The Crossings
on Feb 2, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Oh I get that, if you break the law and cried a bit and you will get rewarded. This article is encouraging criminal. Thanks MV. Voice

Posted by Bummer, a resident of another community
on Feb 16, 2014 at 1:27 pm

You are Filipino, why don't you acknowledge that fact. You can argue all you want but that fact will always remain. Perhaps one day if you ever get American citizenship through naturalization, you can start calling yourself American.