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A Big, Small Step

| Jose Antonio Vargas

On the whole, yesterday's announcement from the Obama administration is a positive step for immigration reform. Though while "positive," it is also a "big but small" step. It's a big step because, as immigration advocates [...]

18 Years

| Jose Antonio Vargas

I first met America, my new home, on August 3, 1993 -- exactly 18 years ago today. Like all mothers, mama wanted to give me a better life. So she sent me thousands of miles away to live with her parents in California, where she believed a wealth of [...]

At the Senate Hearing

| Jose Antonio Vargas

Less than a month after the U.S. Senate held its first hearing on the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to legalization for America’s undocumented youth, comes another first today: the inaugural hearing, called on by the Senate, about the [...]

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