Jose Antonio Vargas has quickly become one of the nation's most sought-after speakers on immigration. He will talk about his personal experiences and his perspective on the larger issue of immigration reform.|
When he was a child, Vargas's mother sent him from his home in the Philippines to live with his American grandparents in the United States. He grew up in Mountain View and went to public schools there. He had no idea that he was undocumented until, at age 16, he went to the DMV to apply for a driver's license.
As an adult, Vargas worked briefly for the San Francisco Chronicle and then for the Washington Post. While at the Post, he was awarded a Pulitzer for excellence in journalism. In 2011, he wrote an essay for The New York Times Sunday Magazine in which he revealed that he is an "undocumented immigrant", detailing how he came to discover this as a teenager and kept it hidden for almost 15 years, during which time he worked, paid taxes, and worried that his status would be exposed. His story touched a nerve in our nation and catapulted him to the cover of Time Magazine on June 25, 2012. (Click here to see the cover and read his article.) And just this past February, he testified on immigration issues before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In addition to Vargas, several adult immigrants in English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classes will briefly share some of the challenges and victories they have experienced in their efforts to achieve the American Dream.
A reception with appetizers and beverages will follow the program.
This event is sponsored by Sequoia Adult School Scholars (SASS). We are a small non-profit foundation that provides scholarships for Sequoia Adult School graduates--primarily adult ESL students--who want to attend community college. More information about us is available at our website.
Carrington Hall, Sequoia High School (View)
1201 Brewster Avenue
Redwood City, CA 94062
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