Time Magazine Features Jose Antonio Vargas

The journalist turned immigration advocate's Define American wants to lead conversation about the status of the undocumented, particularly children.

A year ago next week, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas with a front cover article in that he'd lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant since the age of 12.

This week he along with other undocumented youths grace the cover of Time Magazine.

Since his "coming out," the former Mountain View resident has travelled around the country with the non-profit Define American—that he helped start—to speak at forums, universities and media outlets in support of the DREAM Act, legislation which creates a path to citizenship for undocumented children living in the U.S.

The following is an excerpt from Vargas' blog post today on Define American.

Have you seen it?

Today, the cover of TIME Magazine features the culmination of a yearlong journey. It is a reflection on what I’ve experienced traveling across the United States, after “coming out” publicly as an undocumented immigrant a year ago this month.

I reflect on the tough questions I’ve been asked and tell the stories of some of the toughest young people I’ve ever known: young DREAMers who are American through and through --  whose courage and determination has now been documented by TIME filmmakers.

In the year since my essay went viral, at least 2,000 undocumented Americans -- and we are, at heart, Americans -- have personally contacted me and outed themselves. Their stories flooded in at public events and in late-night Facebook messages.

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