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The Jose Antonio Vargas Story

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 10:27 AM

In the news: A groundbreaking New York Times story is making big waves.

The story of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas has taken the editing and publishing world by storm. Last week, Vargas confessed to the New York Times and an audience millions wide that he is an illegal Filipino immigrant. Now, his former employer, Washington Post, is under fire for its alleged knowledge of Vargas' illegal status.

According to Vargas, his editor at Washington Post knew about his illegal immigrant status and declined to alert anyone at the company. As TheAtlanticWire.com indicates, this means that the newspaper could face charges for knowingly employing an illegal immigrant. Other editors for whom he has worked may come under similar fire for harboring an undocumented worker. Read more here and here.

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