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Personal story segment tonight if the USA is indeed a -- country what should we do with illegal aliens who are helping the nation.
Time magazine cover story this week deals with the question is entitled we are Americans.
Not just legally.
-- the author of the piece Jose Antonio Vargas freelance journalist who's an illegal alien.
Even though he graduated from San Francisco State University has been working in the media for fourteen years week for your to your article.
How did you pull that off -- anybody at the college.
-- ask you were.
Anything like that.
Now I mean I graduated high school in 2000 you know a year before the -- -- was even introduced and it's I never my principal pat -- actually.
But prince former superintendent high -- where physician work in Mountain View we're on the South Carolina right and I was the dirty little secret because you know what to do agree with you knew you weren't legal citizen -- knew that I wasn't documented and so you know if you're document that you can't.
How financially -- your mom and dad comes.
So I was born in the Philippines and moved here when I was 12% my mother sentence with a -- parents bomb.
But everything was fine but he's never went back.
-- -- back but both my grandparents were naturalized American citizen strike hit a what did you go through the process because it in a lot of times if you have that -- you can become -- Well I didn't realize that I didn't have their papers until wanted the MV I want to be the -- to get my driver's permit let -- -- you know -- who this woman -- -- -- my card my green card and she said this is fake.
And your thought somebody had it was thicker my grandfather grandfather -- are -- respect yet and I'm so you go to -- you go to high school they know you're really old but you graduate that you go to college sure it happens to us is that you mercenaries if you go through there.
Get a diploma.
Work is it journalists nobody asked in journalism right if you are now on the don't ask -- that be politically correct -- and I.
Well known to have that you have to fill out the forms right but you know -- -- -- and I remember looking at that paper when I was at the chronicle San Francisco at a high school.
And either check the box that says resident alien.
But I don't have that number.
And the other one said US citizen.
And it says it if you sign that if you check that box it's against the -- I was nineteen to what do you do.
I had a conversation with myself I was nineteen and I said what are just check this box.
And what I live up to what that -- He -- US -- I -- he -- -- you -- you pay taxes and everything -- since I was -- so yeah it the other Social Security -- I'm not supposed to be working with it but yes have been -- -- -- -- taxes since I was eighteen years -- how did you get to Social Security.
So my grandfather bought I bought that two people talk illustrious guy.
He lives he's got all kinds of phony a lot of sacrifice our souvenir price yet you grab other makes it possible -- you stay here but -- but illegally he's breaking a law.
CR -- -- -- your career you get educated you're contributing to the country what should happen you government should say.
Jose years citizen today.
Well I think -- what the government say -- and why shouldn't be doing now is actually allowing people to come for.
You're forward you're here on the -- everybody say everybody.
You -- it here's the American -- why yes yes I would love up I would love the process I would love -- -- -- you want to become an American citizen that you think the government should allow you to do that.
Because you came here.
Because you address here you have -- about what my mother Lorna you -- about a lot.
I agree I think he should be a pathway for you one -- however away for the -- yes that if you are thirty to always say that you sneak across the border.
I'm telling you know what I understand that and if you agree we.
We -- where we need to you're agreeing with my stance that it gets 32 and you sneak across the border overstayed visa you're not be in an American citizen you agree I agree that we need Smart.
Enforcement to -- not what I agree I got a question.
Do you agree with circumstances are different no independents oppose this on -- -- circumstance be snake across the border into aside yeah I saw.
Okay they -- you.
You're not going to be an American citizen.
I understand that do you -- anyway I agree -- but I would do I do but here's the context here's the context.
Then that the number of illegal border crossings has been its lowest level since Nixon was on her own battle we gotta -- we gotta get a philosophical thing going on I understand that a country needs to enforce it's borders I understand that I thought that I can you not saying everybody should be -- no I'm not but 1 am saying is.
Up process should know the president just -- this -- on Friday right pitches and -- impact did while we hope he's got this this one is legality across of what but I agree with you I gotta go but I want everybody to read your -- -- thank you telling piece and I think -- right.
We do need to carve out in a process we need a license absolutely it was --
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