Americans do not have problem with legal immigrants. We welcome legal immigrants from the four corners of the world with open arms. America has an illegal alien problem. A problem that generates various frauds and crimes.
Take the case of Washington Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas; the new hero of the illegal alien enablers. He recently outed himself as an illegal alien in a New York Times magazine piece. Mr. Vargas is not just a run of the mill scribbler. He shared a Pulitzer prize for his reportage. He is a very talented individual.
Mr. Vargas was sent to the United States by his mother when he was twelve years old. A “coyote” brought him here with illegal documents. Not his fault. It is what he did as an adult that he refuses to accept the consequences of.
Mr. Vargas was able to get into college through the good graces of an enabler who did not care about his status. Upon graduation he obtained a fake driver’s license and Social Security Number. At that point, as an adult, he willfully and knowingly broke the law and became a criminal. He went to work, eventually finding his way to the Washington Post.
Mr. Vargas decided to out himself. He is daring the government to deport him. Him, a productive educated citizen, a renowned journalist who has a Pulitzer prize. Go ahead. Make his day.
By the way, he is also gay. A double whammy. Yeah, America, deport a talented Pulitzer prize winning gay illegal alien who committed crimes to pursue a career. Go ahead. Do it. He dares you.
The Washington Post has a dozen eggs on its face too. Some in management knew of his status. They are liable to be fined thousands of dollars. Then there is the wee problem of so called journalistic ethics- those ethics only found in dusty moldy books in J-School libraries. Rarely practiced.
Vargas deserves to be deported, after he pays for the identity crimes he committed here. He deserves to be shipped back to the Philippines where he put his journalistic talents to good use. No mercy. No pity.
Mr. Vargas has only one person to blame for his predicament. Himself. Once he became an educated adult, he could have found a legal path to citizenship. With some creative lawyering, a trip back to the Philippines or the intervention of the Consulate, a solution could have been found.
But, Mr. Vargas thought he was an American. A young, talented, educated American. Like most, he did not want to waste any time getting his career started and putting himself on the road to fame and fortune. So, he decided to commit crimes to buy time. Hopefully a lifetime.
This is no sad pathetic tale of woe. This is a story about greed and ego. Mr. Vargas deserves no sympathy or empathy. His travail was a product of his own innovative creation.
Vargas is the pity poster boy now. Go ahead. Make his day.