As hopes for immigration reform dim, an article like this one is a reminder that behind the rhetoric, this is what life is like for undocumented Americans.
Jose Antonio Vargas, the author and subject of the New York Times piece, steps into the open as an undocumented worker, ready to accept the consequences. (As a side note, he is a great writer, and wrote the New Yorker profile on Mark Zuckerberg.)
It’s reminiscent of the sit-ins by high school graduates in Congressional offices to try to force the issue of immigration into the open.
What struck me about the article is how indelibly American its story is. As much as xenophobia taints any American discussion of immigration (as it always has), Vargas’s story is fully American in nature — not just his actions but also those of the people around him who supported him.
In any case, take some time this weekend to read the whole thing. It’s well worth your while.