The Dreams of the Undocumented Community

Friday, August 30, 2013

Jose Antonio Vargas (Gerry Salva-Cruz)

Fifty years ago this week, 250,000 people converged on Washington, D.C. for the March on Washington. At The Takeaway, we're reflecting on that day and looking forward to what community leaders from all walks of life dream for their communities over the next 50 years.

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Founder of Define America. He was brought to the United States from the Philippines illegally when he was only 12-years-old, and having now lived and worked here for 20 years, he considers the United States his home.

He says that while there are obvious differences between the civil rights struggles of African Americans 50 years ago and those of undocumented immigrants today, he draws inspiration from their struggles and sees points of commonality.


Jose Antonio Vargas

Produced by:

Megan Quellhorst


T.J. Raphael


Ally Harrison

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Serena from UWS

The New Colossus

by Emma Lazarus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Aug. 30 2013 04:00 PM

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