Pulitzer winner Jose Antonio Vargas speaks to Los Altos audience about immigration reform

Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who discovered that as a teen he had been brought to the U.S. illegally, told a near-capacity crowd at Los Altos High School that there’s a need for immigration reform. Here’s a link to the Mountain View Voice’s report of the Nov. 18 talk in which Vargas said he is confident that President Obama will pass comprehensive immigration reform within a year. Vargas was born in the Philippines but grew up in Mountain

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Illegal immigrant journalist loses driver’s license

Vargas The state of Washington has canceled the driver’s license of Jose Antonio Vargas, the former Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle reporter who revealed last month that he is an illegal immigrant. The Seattle Times says that while illegal immigrants can still obtain licenses in Washington state, licensing officials said they canceled Vargas’ license because he could not prove he lived in the state when he obtained it, as required by law. In a New York Times Magazine piece

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Bronstein to interview Vargas for Commonwealth Club

Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who has acknowledged that he is an illegal immigrant from the Philippines, will sit down for an interview with the Commonwealth Club next Monday, July 11, in San Francisco. Vargas, who graduated from Mountain View High School and worked at the Chronicle before going on to the Washington Post, will be interviewed by Phil Bronstein, the Chronicle’s editor-at-large. Bronstein has written that he felt duped by Vargas. But he also said that

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High school newspaper staff kept Vargas’ secret for six weeks

Vargas Mountain View’s Patch.com reports that former Chronicle and Washington Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas told the Mountain View High School newspaper’s staff that he was an illegal immigrant, and the young journalists kept it secret for six weeks. Writes Claudia Cruz of Patch: On that cooler than usual spring morning in Silicon Valley, Vargas sat across from 35 reporters ages 14 to 18 at Mountain View High School and told them his deepest secret, which he said only a

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Pulitzer winner with local ties admits he’s an illegal immigrant

Jose Antonio Vargas, who grew up in Mountain View, interned at the Chronicle and would later go on to share a Pulitzer as a Washington Post staff writer, has admitted in a New York Times Magazine story that he is an illegal immigrant. The AP reports: Vargas, whose mother sent him from the Philippines to live with his grandparents in California at 12, now wants to push Congress to pass the Dream Act, which would allow people such as him

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