Skip to comments.With WaPo Approval, Illegal Alien Reporter Used Fake ID to Report From White House
Posted on 06/22/2011 11:04:51 AM PDT by kristinn
Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitizer prize winning reporter who has worked for the Washington Post and Huffington Post, has revealed that he is an illegal alien in a coordinated media push with the New York Times and ABC News seeking amnesty for illegal aliens like him.
Vargas also revealed that he breached White House security by using a fake ID, including when he covered a state dinner. And that a superior at the Washington Post knew and approved of his actions.
Vargas made the revelations in an article he authored published in the upcoming New York Times Sunday Magazine.
Vargas writes that at age 12 he was sent to America from the Philippines by his mother to live with his naturalized American citizen grandparents. His grandfather Lolo, repeatedly broke the law to get Vargas in the U.S. and to keep him here, Vargas writes
One day when I was 16, I rode my bike to the nearby D.M.V. office to get my drivers permit. Some of my friends already had their licenses, so I figured it was time. But when I handed the clerk my green card as proof of U.S. residency, she flipped it around, examining it. This is fake, she whispered. Dont come back here again.
Confused and scared, I pedaled home and confronted Lolo. I remember him sitting in the garage, cutting coupons. I dropped my bike and ran over to him, showing him the green card. Peke ba ito? I asked in Tagalog. (Is this fake?) My grandparents were naturalized American citizens he worked as a security guard, she as a food server and they had begun supporting my mother and me financially when I was 3, after my fathers wandering eye and inability to properly provide for us led to my parents separation. Lolo was a proud man, and I saw the shame on his face as he told me he purchased the card, along with other fake documents, for me. Dont show it to other people, he warned...
...The uncle who brought me here turned out to be a coyote, not a relative, my grandfather later explained. Lolo scraped together enough money I eventually learned it was $4,500, a huge sum for him to pay him to smuggle me here under a fake name and fake passport. (I never saw the passport again after the flight and have always assumed that the coyote kept it.) After I arrived in America, Lolo obtained a new fake Filipino passport, in my real name this time, adorned with a fake student visa, in addition to the fraudulent green card.
Using the fake passport, we went to the local Social Security Administration office and applied for a Social Security number and card. It was, I remember, a quick visit. When the card came in the mail, it had my full, real name, but it also clearly stated: Valid for work only with I.N.S. authorization.
When I began looking for work, a short time after the D.M.V. incident, my grandfather and I took the Social Security card to Kinkos, where he covered the I.N.S. authorization text with a sliver of white tape. We then made photocopies of the card. At a glance, at least, the copies would look like copies of a regular, unrestricted Social Security card.
Later, with the help of sympathetic teachers, Vargas obtained a drivers license in Oregon using subterfuge and a fake Social Security card.
Vargas parlayed his illegally obtained identification documents into a job at the Washinton Post. He writes he confided in a superior, Peter Perl, who allowed him to continue working at the Post as an illegal alien in violation of the law.
About four months into my job as a reporter for The Post, I began feeling increasingly paranoid, as if I had illegal immigrant tattooed on my forehead and in Washington, of all places, where the debates over immigration seemed never-ending. I was so eager to prove myself that I feared I was annoying some colleagues and editors and worried that any one of these professional journalists could discover my secret. The anxiety was nearly paralyzing. I decided I had to tell one of the higher-ups about my situation. I turned to Peter.
By this time, Peter, who still works at The Post, had become part of management as the papers director of newsroom training and professional development. One afternoon in late October, we walked a couple of blocks to Lafayette Square, across from the White House. Over some 20 minutes, sitting on a bench, I told him everything: the Social Security card, the drivers license, Pat and Rich, my family.
Peter was shocked. I understand you 100 times better now, he said. He told me that I had done the right thing by telling him, and that it was now our shared problem. He said he didnt want to do anything about it just yet. I had just been hired, he said, and I needed to prove myself. When youve done enough, he said, well tell Don and Len together. (Don Graham is the chairman of The Washington Post Company; Leonard Downie Jr. was then the papers executive editor.) A month later, I spent my first Thanksgiving in Washington with Peter and his family.
In the five years that followed, I did my best to do enough. I was promoted to staff writer, reported on video-game culture, wrote a series on Washingtons H.I.V./AIDS epidemic and covered the role of technology and social media in the 2008 presidential race. I visited the White House, where I interviewed senior aides and covered a state dinner and gave the Secret Service the Social Security number I obtained with false documents.
Vargas writes that he explored his legal options when he was younger. When told he would have to leave the U.S. and be banned from returning for ten years, he opted to break the law. Now he is running a propaganda campaign for illegal aliens with help from his friends in the media.
A big concern though, is the security breach at the White House of someone using falsified documents to gain access to the president. Jeff Gannon was crucified by the liberals and the media for using a pseudonym, but not fake documents, when he was a White House reporter. There were calls for Congressional investigations into how Gannon gained access to the White House, even though Gannon used his given name, James Guckert, to obtain clearance to enter the White House.
Vargas' case, however, does cry out for investigations and prosecutions. Who else is in the media isusing fake identification documents to gain access to the White House and the president? Who else has the Washington Post helped to breach government security with fake credentials?
Vargas is rolling out a group called DefineAmerican with which he is campaigning for the DREAM act for illegal aliens. He also has a video clip on YouTube where he makes his case.
“Is he a registered Democrat? How many times has he voted?”
Hope Levin has Landmark file suit to find out. and then files suit against WaPo and everyone right down the line. All the Conservative groups should get on this because it can easily bring the whole Dem machine down.
The repercussions to this are incredible.
This guy again? I just posted his New York Slimes whinefest. Lemmee see, he works for the WaPo, so wonder if he (illegally) votes Dem? Hmmmmmm . . .
We already have an illegal alien in the White House, what’s one more
If I were Obama, and knew that Al Qaeda had my name at the very top of a revenge killing list, I would not be so cavalier about guys with fake ID’s getting into my house on credentials supplied by the media.
I was wondering if anyone would get the Jack Sparrow reference.
Attention all terrorists: THIS IS A MUST READ. LOL
Our politicians won’t do squat with this guy.
Here ya go...
The man should be arrested and charged immediately. His supervisor should also be arrested and charged as well for aiding and abetting as well as anyone else who knew of this lawlessness and turned a blind eye. The Secret Service needs to see some heads roll as well for botching a background check. The newspaper should see its White house credentials pulled for a long period of time as punishment for such an egregious act and total disrespect for the rule of law by its supposedly trusted employees.
LOL!! Beat me to it, but I had to finish some online training.
The wife and I were sitting at a red light here in Houston, it was raining like crazy.
I look over, past the flooded ditch and see a sign.
It read, “Sugarberry Farms housing development”.
The next line read, “No documentas, no problemos”.
If the ditch hadn't had about 3ft of water, I’dda hopped out and grabbed the sign as evidence that this Houston liberal sanctuary society is making me freakin crazy!!
I think Vargas needs to find out how paranoid he can feel behind bars. After that, he needs to be deported and never let back in. If his Grandfather is still alive, he needs to be jailed, lose his naturalized status and if he survives his incarceration, deported.
I hate stories like this because they’re designed to evoke sympathy. They should instead infuriate any law abiding American to the point that our legislators understand that if they don’t do something about this problem, the people will and when they’re done doing it, the legislators had better be gone as well.
I wish he could’ve gotten a little closer.
Throw him out.
I’d say unbelieveable..........but it’s not.
This guy will probably win a Pulitzer Prize. Winners are often those who cause the biggest breach in US national security, and the security breach here and illegal alien sob story angle might prove irresistible to the prize committee.
Just posted this on Stand With Arizona. Already 135 comments in 7 minutes. Excellent job on this. Issa better get his claws into this. Remember what a media frenzy resulted from the Salahi WH party crash? That had no actual crimes involved. But you know the media won't touch this.