Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist talks diversity and immigration at STCC

Hampden County

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist stopped in Springfield to talk about diversity and immigration.

Jose Antonio Vargas, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and activist gained national attention after outing himself as an undocumented citizen.

Despite his success, author Jose Antonio Vargas is an illegal immigrant.

At age 12, Vargas’ mother placed him on a flight from the Philippines to the United States…alone.

He’s been in the U.S. illegally ever since.

Vargas told 22News he understands the torment the hundreds of migrant children are experiencing, still separated from their families.

“We’ve come to a place where we’ve stripped the humanity out of this entire thing,” said Vargas. “All those pocket ships of Irish immigrants got on after the potato famine and they got to this country. Before there was any border patrols controls, visas requirements or green cards. And how are we welcoming these kids? We’re locking them up.”

Vargas was the guest speaker at Springfield Technical Community College’s Diversity Series event.

Vargas has written a memoir entitled, Dear America.

It addresses the emotional toll of “lying, passing and hiding” for the past 25-years as an undocumented immigrant in America.

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