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Filipino journalist and Pulitzer Prize awardee Jose Antonio Vargas landed on this week's TIME Magazine cover for his advocacy on behalf of his fellow undocumented immigrants.
Vargas, who wrote an essay one year ago for The New York Times Magazine about his experience as an "undocumented immigrant" in the United States, is front and center in TIME's cover story entitled, "We are Americans. (Just Not Legally)" .
On the cover, Vargas is joined by other undocumented residents in the United States. Below is an excerpt of Jose Antonio Vargas' feature story on TIME entitled, "Not Legal, Not Leaving":
'Why haven't you gotten deported?'
That's usually the first thing people ask me when they learn I'm an undocumented immigrant or, put more rudely, an "illegal."
Some ask it with anger or frustration, others with genuine bafflement.
At a restaurant in Birmingham, not far from the University of Alabama, an inebriated young white man challenged me: "You got your papers?" I told him I didn't. "Well, you should get your ass home, then."
In California, a middle-aged white woman threw up her arms and wanted to know: "Why hasn't Obama dealt with you?"
At least once a day, I get that. InterAksyon.com