Posted on 09/18/2018 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Imagine discovering, at age sixteen, that your green card was actually a fake.

Imagine then following your dreams to work as a journalist and winning awards for your coverage, yet fearing for your safety rather than taking pride in your recognition.

That’s reality for Jose Antonio Vargas, who eventually revealed his status publicly in 2011.

Vargas has a much different perspective on the immigration debate than many of us do — not only because of his forged green card, but also because he himself was detained in 2014 and shared a cell with refugee children like the ones currently in the media spotlight.

Vargas spoke with NPR’s Scott Simon over the weekend about these experiences and his new memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.

Listen to his interview below, or read the transcribed highlights on NPR’s website.

Categories: Author Interview

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