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Title:
Dear America : the story of an undocumented citizen
Edition:
Young readers' edition.

First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Harper, [2019]
ISBN:
9780062914590
Physical Description:
130 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Gamblers -- The wrong country -- Crittenden Middle School -- Not black, not white -- Filipinos -- Mexican José and Filipino Jose -- Fake -- Playing a role -- Mountain View High School -- An adopted family -- Breaking the law -- Ambition -- Strangers -- Campaign 2008 -- Facing myself -- Public person, private self -- My government, myself -- National security threat -- Deatained -- Alone -- Interview -- Cycle of loss -- Leaving/Staying.
Abstract:
"Jose Antonio Vargas was only twelve years old when he was brought to the United States from the Philippines to live with his grandparents. He didn't know it, but he was sent to the U.S. illegally. When he applied for a learner's permit, he learned the truth, and he spent the next almost twenty years keeping his immigration status a secret. Hiding in plain sight, he was writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country. Only after publicly admitting his undocumented status--risking his career and personal safety--was Vargas able to live his truth. This book asks questions including, How do you define who is an American? How do we decide who gets to be a citizen? What happens to those who enter the U.S. without documentation? By telling his personal story and presenting facts without easy answers, Jose Antonio Vargas sheds light on an issue that couldn't be more relevant. In this young readers' adaptation of his adult memoir Dear America, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas tells his story, in light of the 12 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States,"--Amazon.com.
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In this young readers' adaptation of his adult memoir Dear America, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas tells his story, in light of the 12 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States.



Jose Antonio Vargas was only twelve years old when he was brought to the United States from the Philippines to live with his grandparents. He didn't know it, but he was sent to the U.S. illegally.

When he applied for a learner's permit, he learned the truth, and he spent the next almost twenty years keeping his immigration status a secret. Hiding in plain sight, he was writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country. Only after publicly admitting his undocumented status--risking his career and personal safety--was Vargas able to live his truth.

This book asks questions including, How do you define who is an American? How do we decide who gets to be a citizen? What happens to those who enter the U.S. without documentation?

By telling his personal story and presenting facts without easy answers, Jose Antonio Vargas sheds light on an issue that couldn't be more relevant.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
1 Gamblersp. 1
2 The Wrong Countryp. 4
3 Crittenden Middle Schoolp. 9
4 Not Black, Not Whitep. 16
5 Filipinosp. 21
6 Mexican José And Filipino Josep. 30
7 Fakep. 33
8 Playing A Rolep. 41
9 Mountain View High Schoolp. 50
10 An Adopted Familyp. 57
11 Breaking The Lawp. 62
12 Ambitionp. 66
13 Strangersp. 71
14 Campaign 2008p. 76
15 Facing Myselfp. 79
16 Public Person, Private Selfp. 83
17 My Government, Myselfp. 95
18 National Security Threatp. 101
19 Detainedp. 107
20 Alonep. 112
21 Interviewp. 116
22 Cycle Of Lossp. 120
23 Leaving / Stayingp. 123
Acknowledgmentsp. 129