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Jose Antonio Vargas
My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant
Preview and Reception
Margaret W. Wong Offices
February 25, 2013

Jose Antonio Vargas, author of "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant, " was in Cleveland for the Town Hall Speaker Series in the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square.

Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The Washington Post covering HIV/ AIDS, tech and video game culture, and the 2008 presidential campaign. He has also written for the Philadelphia Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone and New York.

Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas


Vargas is the founder of Define American, a non-profit organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration, He is himself an undocumented immigrant to the United States.

Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas


Before the speech, Vargas attended a reception at the offices of immigration attorney Margaret W. Wong. He answered questions from the audience.



Margaret W. Wong

Margaret W. Wong


Vargas was asked a question about what he told US Senators and how he worries about the immigration policy conversation. He told of 17 million mixed status families in the US.



Another question was about how he coped with his undocumented status.



Margaret Wong asked him what it was that made him come out and go public.



Another question was about using false documents and social security number. He told how they created false social security cards at Kinko's and used them for employment everywhere from Subway to the Washington Post.




Enjoy these images from the event

Jose Antonio Vargas, Margaret Wong and group

Jose Antonio Vargas, Margaret Wong and group


Felton Thomas, Liming Wang and Li Wang

Felton Thomas, Liming Wang and Li Wang


Mayor Bruce Akers, Rob Frost and Pierre Bejjani

Mayor Bruce Akers, Rob Frost and Pierre Bejjani


Rachel Ng and Ariellla Brown

Rachel Ng and Ariellla Brown


Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas


Curtis Clark, Hadd P. Francis, Malak Jadallah and  Nasser Assad,

Curtis Clark, Hadd P. Francis,
Malak Jadallah and Nasser Assad


Jose Antonio Vargas and Margaret Wong

Jose Antonio Vargas and Margaret Wong


Kathy Hill  and Liz Niehaus

Kathy Hill and Liz Niehaus


Jose Antonio Vargas, Margaret Wong and group

Jose Antonio Vargas, Margaret Wong and group


Humera Mahmood, Shahin Rahman, Amjed Qamar and Judy Wong

Humera Mahmood, Shahin Rahman,
Amjed Qamar and Judy Wong


Alan Openiano, Jose Vargas, Joy Kounds-Lewis and Grace Openiano

Alan Openiano, Jose Vargas,
Joy Kounds-Lewis and Grace Openiano


Jose Antonio Vargas, Margaret Wong and group

Jose Antonio Vargas, Margaret Wong and group



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