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Open Letter to Mr. Jose Vargas
Fraud by any other name is still Fraud
Jose Vargas: "Undocumented Immigrant"
**Most of you will recall this week that Mr. Jose Vargas, a Pulitzer winning journalist with the Washington Post, revealed he is an "undocumented immigrant." You can read about his coming out party HERE. You can read his remarkable journey to this country and his trials and tribulations HERE. It is a triumphant of sorts that he won a Pulitzer for his reporting on the Virginia Tech shootings in 2008, but for all the wrong reasons.
Dear Mr. Jose Vargas,
You stated on your site, Define American, it is time for an honest debate in this country about immigration. Further, you stated there are approximately 11 million illegal aliens (well, you used "undocumented immigrants....I'll deal with that later). That estimate was used back in the early 80s when Ronald Reagan was President. It was later revealed that it was actually 3 million at that time. All 3 million were eventually granted amnesty by President Reagan by what he thought would be a one time deal and an end to illegal immigration to this nation. He later regretted that decision. Let's not quibble over estimates. I feel it is closer to 30 million illegal aliens in this country. But, let's meet in the middle at 20 million, shall we?
Let me also congratulate you on winning the Pulitzer. That is a great achievement for a journalist. However, let's examine the road you took to get there, Mr. Vargas. First, you were brought here by a man you thought was your uncle. As it turns out, he was a "coyote" from the Philippines. You were all of 12 years old at the time. From that time onward, you lied, you cheated, your grandparents obtained false documents for you to remain in this country illegally. These are words straight from your site, Mr. Vargas. You did not obtain a college education at taxpayer expense, according to your story on your site. I'll take your word at that. I still find it difficult to believe you did not have some sort of federal grant. But, we'll let that go for now. You stated you had obtained a scholarship to go to college to study journalism. You used false documents to obtain a drivers license, to obtain employment in this country, Mr. Vargas. Now, by coming out that you are an illegal alien, you want to make it your mission in life to help all illegals in this country.
You stated time and time again that you had great remorse by lying about and obtaining false documents in order to stay in this country, Mr. Vargas. You will have to excuse me if I tend to disbelieve your remorse. This country which enabled you to obtain an education, to obtain employment opportunities that you otherwise would never have had, you now show this country your gratitude by helping others like you? You now want to help the children of illegal aliens in this country obtain citizenship so they can now compete with 15-18 million unemployed Americans? Yes, let's discuss those unemployed Americans, Mr. Vargas. Let's discuss people who have paid taxes all their lives so illegals, such as you, who are able to have free access to medical, education and employment opportunities. Where is your "remorse" for these people, Mr. Vargas? Where is your "remorse" for the legal residents, the people who got in line and did things the right way? Does your infinite compassion extend to these people or is it just those who are illegally in the United States of America? A difficult question for you, Mr. Vargas. I don't expect you to answer. That would reveal the fallacy of your position on helping those illegally in this country.
Mr. Vargas, what American or legal resident did you deny a job during your life? What American student did you deny that scholarship which enabled you to start your journey of lies and deceit? Have you thought about those people at all, Mr. Vargas? How can you and other illegals like you expect Americans to have a honest debate on illegal immigration until you come to grips with the fact you break our laws? Every day you are here, you are breaking federal law. If Barack Obama wasn't President, you would have been arrested this week. As it stands, you are in good company with President Obama. He has no regard for laws in this country, just as he has no regard for the United States Constitution. So, it appears you are birds of a feather with our esteemed President. You may say you have not even had a speeding ticket since you illegally entered this country. But, if you got a speeding ticket, would you even acknowledge it? It appears that illegals only obey the laws that they deem necessary to keep them in this country. How about if I decided not to pay federal income taxes? I don't like that law. But, you know what would happen to me if I didn't pay, Mr,. Vargas? I would go straight to a federal penitentiary. I would be an illegal taxpaying American. In fact, put "illegal" in front of any word except "immigrant" and people on both sides of the political spectrum would probably be in agreement. Put illegal in front of "immigrant" or "alien" and people faint dead away in grief.
Do you feel, as La Raza apparently does, that the USA should be a borderless territory that anyone can come into and reap the benefits of living here? That is what this country is on the verge of becoming due to the huge influx of illegals in this country, Mr. Vargas. The starting point, of course, is the much beloved and defeated Dream Act that is like a curse upon this nation. It's not enough that the 15-18 million unemployed Americans have to contend with a dwindling pool of jobs. Now, people like you want to introduce about 3 million children of illegal aliens into that competition that so many unemployed Americans face daily. The Dream Act. Yes, that action that would give illegals a discount on instate tuition, a chance to keep their illegal parents in this country without fear of deportation and, of course, making them instantly eligible for social benefits that are in the process of going bankrupt. My question to the illegals in this country; once you have drained us dry of everything we have, where will you go? Now, that sounds like hyperbole to you, Mr. Vargas. But, if you keep up with the news, you know Medicare and Social Security are going broke, thanks in no small part to illegals taking advantage due to anchor babies.
So, now, you still want to help those 11 million or 20 million or even 30 million illegals on a path to citizenship, Mr. Vargas? You had a rough path to where you are now, Mr. Vargas. I give you that. But, your mother made that decision for you when she put you on that flight to this country. I have no sympathy for you. None sir. You could have done like so many legal residents have done countless times in this country. You could have done the right thing by going back to the Philippines and trying again as the lawyer advised. But, now you come out and wear your status of an illegal alien as if it were a badge of courage. You expect people to honor you as a result. Yes, I have seen the narcissistic dolts on Twitter and on other social sites praising you. But, like so many mindless liberals, they think with their emotions, not with their pea-sized brains. They see only one side of the story of illegal immigration in this country. I have not even touched on the environmental impact in the southwest or the "jobs that Americans won't do"fallacy that the open borders crowd likes to perpetuate. In fact, nothing I say here will make any difference to you, sir. You say it is time for honest debate on immigration. Honest debate to you and others like you is when someone agrees with your open borders positions. Until you can see both sides of the coin, your request for honest debate will be as dishonest as your using false social security cards and a drivers license in this country. In short, your request for honest debate on immigration is disingenuous at best.
If you are truly remorseful, Mr. Vargas, why not turn yourself in for using false documents at the state and federal level. That would prove you truly are trying to redeem yourself. But, let's take it a step further. If you are truly remorseful, you could go around the country and meet with the many unemployed Americans at state unemployment offices and apologize to them for your actions. If you are truly remorseful, go to campuses at universities and tell them what you did was wrong, deceitful and filled with lies. Go to your employer, who you obviously lied to on your job application and resign immediately. Finally, reject any rights to the Pulitzer you illegally won, Mr. Vargas. There is precedent for this happening before (seems it was at the Washington Post also). If you are truly remorseful, then and only then can there be honest debate on the immigration issue, Mr. Vargas. But, for now, your words for honest debate ring hollow.
I'm sure the lemmings on the Left will quickly rise to the occasion to defend you as vociferously and as crudely as they are so noted for doing. You made the comment on Twitter you did nothing heroic or brave. You stated you did what was right. I agree with you on the first part, Mr. Vargas. But, on the second part, you simply did nothing right. What difference is there between you and other illegals in this country? The difference is that you made the most of your illegal immigration status. The fact you stated you did what was "right" tells me that you are not a man with the integrity that others are so foolishly applauding. There can never be honest debate on immigration while you and others like you believe you did what was "right." You took advantage of this country. Define American, Mr. Vargas? The majority of Americans don't go out of their way to break the law every day of their lives in the USA. Your mere presence, along with 11, 20 or 30 million illegal aliens, is proof you have no respect for the law of this nation. You are not a hero. You are not brave. You are an opportunist. If you can live with that, then you should have no remorse when you go to help others (as you have already stated you will) like you in the future. But, you are not an American, Mr. Vargas. Not by any stretch of the definition you wish to use.