A New Generation of ‘Dreamers’ Goes Public : NPR
Citizenship for illegal immigrants has been a cause championed mostly by politicians and other advocates facing no personal threat of deportation.
But a prominent journalist’s recent disclosure that he’s an illegal resident has highlighted a growing number of activists “coming out” as illegal, effectively sending a pointed message to authorities: Come and get me.
“It was so empowering to read his story and see just how honest he is,” North Carolina activist Viridiana Martinez says of reporter Jose Antonio Vargas. “The biggest obstacle we have is fear. So, coming out is a declaration that I am dropping the fear. I am taking my struggle in my own hands.”