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Watch Jose Antonio Vargas’ Emotional Call For Immigration Reform

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Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas delivered powerful testimony at a hearing about immigration reform on Wednesday afternoon, reviewing his personal history as an undocumented immigrant who came to America as a child and did not become aware of his illegal status until he applied for a driver’s permit at age 16.

Eliciting applause from the audience, Vargas demanded to know what Congress plans to do with the undocumented population.

“For all the undocumented immigrants who are actually sitting here, at this hearing, for the people watching online and for the 11 million of us, what do you want to do with us?” Vargas asked, fighting back tears. “And to me, the most important question, as a student of American history is this — how do you define an American, how do you define it?” Watch his testimony:

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