It's hard not to sympathize with Jose Vargas. After all, he was brought here via an illegal scheme cooked up by his mother and grandparents, who told him he was here legally and provided him with fake documents. But as a teen, Vargas found out about his real status and decided that he just didn't give a damn about America's laws -- that he was entitled to stay here in flagrant violation of those laws. So he lied to everyone, worked illegally, became a reliably liberal journalist and won himself a prestigious award at a young age -- and then decided to out himself for political purposes.
With great fanfare and elite media sympathy, Jose Antonio Vargas publicly declared himself an “undocumented immigrant” this week. “Undocumented” my you-know-what. In the felony-friendly pages of The New York Crimes — er, Times — the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist turned illegal-alien activist spilled the beans on all the illegal IDs he amassed over the years. He had documents coming out of his ears.
The Times featured full-color photos of Vargas’ fake document trove — including a a fake passport with a fake name, a fake green card and a Social Security card his grandfather doctored for him at a Kinko’s. He committed perjury repeatedly on federal I-9 employment eligibility forms. In 2002, while pursuing his journalism career goals, an immigration lawyer told him he needed to accept the consequences of his law-breaking and return to his native Philippines.
Vargas, who frames himself as a helpless victim, freely chose instead to secure yet more dummy documents. He used a friend’s address to obtain an Oregon driver’s license under false pretenses. It gave him an eight-year golden ticket to travel by car, board trains and airplanes, work at prestigious newspapers, and even gain access to the White House — where crack Secret Service agents allowed him to attend a state dinner using his bogus Social Security number. (Reminder: Illegal aliens were able to get through White House security under the Bush administration, too.)
Now the American people are dead set against the sort of mass amnesty for illegals that the Democrats want. I know I am, even though that means folks like Vargas (who, if one regards his multiple felonies, has turned himself into a productive member of our society) would be summarily deported if we ever elected a President and Congress who are serious about enforcing our nation's laws and borders. But I'm not sure that this will happen any time soon, so there really ought to be some provision made for Jose Vargas , and for folks like him. But for the moment, let's just start with making sure that Jose Vargas can stay in this country, reaping the benefits of his life of crime.
Here’s the plan.
President Barack Obama issues an executive order declaring that Jose Vargas can stay, with his own green card, despite his long history of breaking American law.
To avoid tipping the balance of immigration, Barack Obama would then personally visit some Filipino in Manila, someone who has followed the rules and not broken American law, meet with him in front of the assembled media. In that meeting, Obama would explain to that law-abiding individual that Vargas got the green card instead of him as a reward for breaking the rules and becoming a successful member of the liberal media that unquestioningly support Democrats.
After all, it only seems fair that if Vargas is going to be the face of the "deserving" illegal immigrant, that there should be someone who is the face of the would-be legal immigrant who gets shafted when the illegals get rewarded. It would also be great to find out who the people were who applied for all the jobs Vargas illegally worked in the media, the folks who came in second in the hiring process, so that we can identify the legal immigrants and US citizens who were harmed by this foreigner illegally working here in America, doing a job that many well-qualified Americans would love to do if only they weren't aced out by this lawbreaker.
Then we can have a truly honest dialogue about illegal immigration and the fact that it is not a victimless crime. American citizens, legal aliens, and would-be legal immigrants are all harmed when we let folks like Jose Vargas live and work unmolested in this country.