Jose Vargas among undocumented now legal to drive in California

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The kababayan considered the most outspoken and visible undocumented immigrant in America has just passed his driver’s license exam and can now legally drive in his home state of California.

Jose Antonio Vargas shared that while taking the written and practical exams, he was so nervous, he even dropped his phone.

He quipped, “I don’t get nervous getting on Bill O’Reilly. I get nervous taking a driver’s license test.”

Vargas is among 46,200 undocumented immigrants who applied for California driver’s licenses in the first three days they were available, following the passage of Assembly Bill 60.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles expects some 1.5 million undocumented immigrants to apply for licenses in the next three years.

For years, Vargas, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist turned immigrant rights advocate, drove without a license.

And his grandmother said she was worried sick, everytime she was in the car with him or when Vargas drove alone.

Leonila Salinas said, “I would call him a lot, wherever he went. I would remind him to be careful.”

Vargas remembers the scenario in the car. “I would hold her hand and touch her knee and say, ‘Grandma, I can you feel you getting nervous. You’re making me nervous.”

Now that he can drive, he said he feels secure and confident behind the wheel. And he can now joke about getting pulled over. “Hopefully, I won’t be speeding,” he chucked.

While Vargas is excited to make travel plans with his family, he knows there are those who are still against undocumented immigrants getting driver’s licenses in California or being allowed to temporarily stay in America through President Barack Obama’s executive order.

But he embraces these opportunities and urges other kababayans like him to feel the same.

He pointed out, “There’s a reason why we call (undocumented immigrants) TNT (Tago nang Tago) right? You’re supposed to hide. There’s so much fear and shame in the community about this and I hope that fear and shame is not stopping people from applying for these.”

For Vargas, being allowed to legally drive and stay in America mean more just pieces of papers. They mean peace of mind, security and certainly a brighter future in his adopted country.

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  • kikay Pang0
    9 January 2015 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Life is a lot easier for him now…… C0ck hopping is a lot quicker .

  • noz
    9 January 2015 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    the CA licenses issued to illegal aliens, like this very proud illegal alien getting his own can bite and backfire big time, such as, will these illegal aliens follow the strict rule of driving with car insurance?, will these illegal aliens voluntarily submit to questionings of authorities? in cases that can be trivial or serious?. the state of mexifornia are now overrun by illegal alien drivers, will these illegal aliens be civil, and not run away in case they get into accidents with legal residents and americans?. the cause and effect of illegal aliens with drivers license remain to be seen, by the majority populous who voted for the politicians prioritizing illegal aliens, instead of the voters who gave them the power to take care of them, not the illegal aliens.

  • filam
    9 January 2015 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    First this guy committed a crime of identity theft and lying in documents

    Now is he going to get auto insurance

    • noz
      10 January 2015 at 9:41 am - Reply

      good point filam. the further question – will the insurance conglomerates be willing accessories of the illegal aliens by freely extending coverages of the most important is liability?. looks like it will be, as long as these insurance companies can get the highest premiums, to them its worth the risks, having said that point, will the illegal aliens be willing to pay the highest premiums or will they skip, and take the risks of driving without insurance, when all along they are used doing so without car insurance. this is chaos waiting to wide open.

  • Delia
    10 January 2015 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    OH!!! Gosh , now he have a License to hunt Reggie Love And Cocks .
    Time for God to send a plague and target stupidity. What a breath of fresh air it would be if He ever did that.

  • malaya bagumbayan
    11 January 2015 at 9:49 am - Reply


  • JBR
    11 January 2015 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Hey clown you don’t belong in America and guess what, we the real Americans that is born in America don’t like you clown. You talk to much and your illegal in my country. Do you understand what I just comment, your not wanted here in America.