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Dear America: The Story of an Undocumented Citizen (Young Readers’ Edition)

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Dear America: The Story of an Undocumented Citizen (Young Readers’ Edition)

Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas came from the Philippines to the United States when he was 12 years old so that he could live with his grandparents. Little did he know at the time that he had entered the country illegally. He was taken on a plane by someone who he thought was his uncle. Many years later he found out that the person who took him on the plane had been paid by his family to get him to the US. He didn’t know he was “undocumented” until he went to take a test for his driver’s license and was told his green card was a fake. When he confronted his grandfather with the news, he learned the true story of how he got to the U.S.

"Vargas tells a compelling story, one that is very relevant in today’s political climate. It is a story about what it really means to be a citizen of the United States."

Vargas wrote DEAR AMERICA to shed light on what has become a hot topic in the U.S. With the White House’s strong stance against illegal immigration, Jose has taken a chance on being deported by coming out in the open and telling his story. He wants everyone to know that the subject of illegal immigration is a complex one and that illegal immigrants aren’t our enemies. The majority of them of hard-working, upstanding “citizens” just trying to make better lives for themselves.

Vargas tells a compelling story, one that is very relevant in today’s political climate. It is a story about what it really means to be a citizen of the United States. It is also a story that should be shared by all so that everyone can understand what it means to be an “illegal immigrant” in our country.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on March 20, 2019

Dear America: The Story of an Undocumented Citizen (Young Readers’ Edition)
by Jose Antonio Vargas