Jose Antonio Vargas And The Hunt For The Great Bright Illegal


062411_ff001[1]With the Establishment’s designated undocumented worker Jose Antonio Vargas back in the news, it’s worth mentioning again what I pointed out about him in 2011:

The hunt for the Great Bright Illegal continues. Everybody who is anybody keeps proclaiming that we are lucky to be getting all these highly talented illegal immigrants from Mexico, but, as the decades and generations go by, it’s hard to come up with very many names of high achievers to anecdotally illustrate the bromides.
A couple of weeks ago, the NYT Magazine made a big whoop over a reporter named Jose Antonio Vargas, who won a share of a Pulitzer Prize for being part of a team of Washington Post reporters who covered the Virginia Tech mass murders of 31 students (by an immigrant, of course, but that part usually gets left out). Not surprisingly, Vargas is gay. More surprisingly, he’s an Asian, a Filipino. That’s pretty weak when you can’t even find a Mexican after decades of trying.