Jose Antonio Vargas joined Megyn Kelly on The Kelly File last night on Fox News. They discussed the upcoming ruling of the Supreme Court in the case of United States v. Texas, which had its hearing yesterday, April 18.
Kelly stated that “without borders, we don’t have a country.”
“Absolutely a country has a right to define and defend its borders,” Vargas replied, and went on to recount that’s exactly why he chose to “out” himself as undocumented five years ago, asking the government what they wanted to do with him. So far, they have chosen to do nothing. Looking at the issue pragmatically, regardless of opinions on immigration, it makes sense to have undocumented immigrants who are already in the U.S. pay taxes and be able to work legally and contribute to the economy while Congress figures when (or if) it will ever address comprehensive immigration reform.
DACA+/DAPA would allow more than five million undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. the ability to work legally and pay taxes. DACA+/DAPA allows people to come out of the shadows, and become more fully part of their community.
Because DACA+/DAPA are not paths to citizenship, the millions of people who are eligible for the actions would not be “cutting” anyone waiting in line for a visa. The limitations of the actions also underscore the point that there is no line for people who are here without documentation.
As Vargas stated, “You want me to wait 15 years, 20 years to be an American? Absolutely I’ll wait. But there has to be a process. And right now there is no process.”
One point both Kelly and Vargas agreed upon was the incredible experience of seeing our country’s highest court in action — as Vargas shared about being in the court, “it’s probably the greatest honor of my life here in America.”
Kelly, who used to cover the Supreme Court as a reporter, wrapped up the segment by echoing the sentiment. “I had a patriotic moment there, thinking about the U.S. Supreme Court
It really is something everybody should do in the course of their lifetime. Go in there and sit and listen to an argument, you will be proud of the way our system works.”