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Pulitzer Prize-Winning MVHS Graduate Reveals His Undocumented Status

In a television news program to air on ABC Thursday, Jose Antonio Vargas tells the truth.

In a shocking interview and article, Mountain View High School Class of 2000 graduate Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for his work on the Virginia Tech shooting, reveals that he's undocumented.

The ABC News interview, to air Thursday, discusses Vargas' new journalistic project about the DREAM Act. He confesses how he'd watch undocumented students advocate for the congressional bill and felt that he "had a responsibility" to come out. He will also have an article in The New York Times .

Born in the Philippines but raised locally, Vargas visited Mountain View in May and gave the keynote at the Champions for Youth Benefit Breakfast. There, he shared that his new project would look at the DREAM Act, the legislation to help undocumented students get on the path toward citizenship.

Little did the audience—which included the police chief, school administrators and city officials—realize that the successful young man they knew had firsthand experience.

Vargas' announcement comes one day after Mountain View resident and Los Altos High School graduate .

The ABC News interview will be Thursday, June 23, on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline,” and Friday, June 24, on “Good Morning America.”

Editor's Note: Check back for video from Vargas speech.

commuter June 23, 2011 at 12:34 AM
I read Mr. Vargas' article in the New York Times. It is very though provoking. Americans need to look at this issue on a human level instead of just through political sloganeering. By supporting our best and brightest children, the DREAM Act will make America a stronger and richer country. Ironically, the DREAM Act was originally sponsored by Republican Senators Orrin Hatch and John McCain. Unfortunately, the Republicans have now largely abandoned the DREAM Act for political reasons.
Rich Casey June 23, 2011 at 02:02 AM
Congratulations on your ABC interview! I just saw an excerpt on AOL News. What a brave act, though so essential to moving the immigration debate forward in a more positive direction and ensuring that real "Americans", such as yourself and millions of others, are given the dignity and rights available to every contributing member of this society. I'm an enormous fan of the Dream Act and will urge all my friends and neighbors to support it. And if you personally should ever need any help from me, just call or drop me a note. Full marks, Citizen Vargas!

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