Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. He is the founder and CEO of Define American, the nation’s leading non-profit media and culture organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. He has worked as a reporter at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other leading publications. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, Rolling Stone, and The New Yorker. In addition, he has produced and directed “Documented,” an autobiographical feature documentary that aired on CNN, and “White People,” an hourlong MTV special on what it means to be a young and white in a changing America. His many media appearances on every type of platform range across the political and cultural spectrum from “Real Time with Bill Maher” to “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” Currently subject to deportation at any time, he has no permanent residence. “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen” came out in 2018.

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