Washington, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – By now, everone knows who Jose Antonio Vargas is, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who, years ago came out as an undocumented immigrant, or American as he would like to put it. He has since become a staunch advocate for immigration reform.
But there’s also Ruben Vives, the Los Angeles Times reporter who won a 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Prior to his Pulitzer, Vives, who was born in Guatemala, was an undocumented immigrant and, like Vargas, he didn’t know about it until later.
Pulitizer Prize-winning and other journalists are at the receiving end of both the country’s broken immigration system and President Obama’s immigration reform.
Like Michelle Malkin, conservative columnist . Althought not a Pulitzer Prize winner, she is the author of a book that justifies the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Malkin, who like Vargas is from the Philippines, has been in the U.S. Illegally, or as we would like to put it — undocumentedly . Allegedly, she faked her marriage to a U.S. citizen in order to legalize her status . The arranged marriage was eventually discovered by then Attorney General Janet Reno (of the Elián González custody case fame in 2000).
Since then, Malkin has been living in the shadows (or as Filipinos call it, TNT, or Tago ng Tago – always hiding), writing her columns from an undisclosed location in the Pacific Northwest.
With Obama’s recent executive action on immigration, Malkin is among the estmated 5 Million undocumented immigrants who have been given relief from deportation. In fact, Malkin has just received her green card.
So now she can come out of the shadows and openly attack Obama’s policies, including immigration reform.
All’s well that ends well.