Jose Vargas asks Donald Trump, ‘How do you define American?

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Jose Antonio Vargas, perhaps the most visible and most outspoken undocumented immigrant in America weighed in on Donald Trump’s immigration plan. The controversial Republican presidential candidate wants to build a wall across the border, fully enforce immigration laws and end birthright citizenship by deporting the children of immigrants living in the country illegally.

In an interview with Yahoo News Live, the Filipino-American Pulitzer-prize winning journalist expressed frustration over Trump’s plan. Vargas qualifies under President Barack Obama’s expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) — a program Trump intends to reverse.

Vargas said, if he had a chance to talk to Trump, he would ask him, “How do you define American, sir?” He added, “This is not reality television show anymore. This is running for president.”

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  • Atty Chris Reyes Navarro
    18 August 2015 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Jose Antonio Vargas is undocumented which means he is not American. He is not Filipino-American just Filipino.

  • Atty Chris Reyes Navarro
    18 August 2015 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Please proofread your news before reporting them.

    • Enigma
      19 August 2015 at 6:33 pm - Reply

      @Atty, have you notice that this particular news reporting segment does not have an Author or a writers name .So, maybe its not news .JAO

  • alex
    18 August 2015 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Vargas says that this is “not a reality show anymore”. FYI Vargas, we have existing laws and it needs to be PROPERLY implemented. An intellectual and sane person would easily understand that.

  • Mario
    18 August 2015 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    Trump want to eliminate the anchor baby law, which mean “If you come here and you are 9 months pregnant and have a baby, that baby become an automatic US citizen”. There is no Anchor baby law, but Trump said we have to re-define the 14th Amendment or loose a nation. The 14th Amendment was passed right after the Civil War,to legitimized the citizenship of FREED NEGRO slaves. It never meant to permit folks from other country to come and have baby here. Anchor baby law started in Canada, when HKong Chinese visit Canada and give birth, then the whole member of the family will pull in. A Canadian Chinese politician passed a law eliminating the anchor baby law. The Canadian said if we do not stop this we loose a country, we have already so many poor in Canada,& we can not feed all the poor from China. Trump idea on eliminating or re-definening the 14th amendment made me crazy, I believed that Trump can save this country.

  • Kenetic
    19 August 2015 at 6:51 am - Reply

    Show me where in the Constitution gives criminal aliens any rights Vargas? Then i can define America , till then stop questioning and demanding.

    19 August 2015 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Jose Antonio Vargas, makes the Filipinos in America look “DUMB.” Look Jose Antonio Vargas stop it your a illegal ass hole that don’t belong in our country? Do you understand? “JERK.” Don’t even think about talking to Donald Trump, your a broke ass “JERK.” The Americans saying on Yahoo.Com that your a ass hole with a big mouth. So if I was you don’t open your mouth your not in the Philippines your in America. You making the Filipinos in America look “DUMB.”

  • Filam
    19 August 2015 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Who the hell is Vargas to tell Americans how to
    Think and Govern

    America is defined as a nation of laws

    I hope Trump becomes President and Vargas
    Gets deported. He feels he has more rights
    Than American citizens
    Trump will not give him his 15 seconds of fame

  • Filam
    20 August 2015 at 4:36 pm - Reply
  • Hello
    20 August 2015 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Jose Vargas you should be shame of yourself to ask Donald Trump. How do you define America? Look I’ll tell you how I’ll define America, the people of America pay their taxes, you said that illegal people in America pay their taxes. But guess what you said that you was paying your taxes from 18 years old. ComOn Jose Vargas look in the Yahoo.Com they have a big story about you not paying your taxes in year 2010. The Americans is so mad at you for lying that you was illegal when you was 18 and was paying your taxes, so what happen in year 2010 you didn’t pay $42,000 dollar for your taxes? Everyone on Yahoo.Com said they should deport you right away. Your a shame to all the Filipinos in America. You make me laugh and laugh at you “DUMMY.” Your a cheater didn’t pay your taxes and said that you pay your taxes.

  • Enigma
    20 August 2015 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    We all know how the courts and laws have spoken on the subject of children born to non-citizens (illegal aliens) within the jurisdiction of the United States by
    declaring them to be American citizens. But what does the constitution
    of the United States actually say about the issue of giving American
    citizenship to anyone born within its borders?

    As we explore the constitutions citizenship clause, as found in the Fourteenth Amendment, we can find no constitutional authority to grant such citizenship to persons born to non-American citizens within the limits of the United States of

    We are, or should be, familiar with the phrase, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of
    the United States and the States wherein they reside.”

    This can be referred to as the citizenship clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,
    but what does “subject to the jurisdiction” mean?

    Jurisdiction can take on different meanings that can have nothing to do with physical boundaries alone–and if the framers meant geographical boundaries they
    would have simply used the term “limits” rather than “jurisdiction”
    since that was the custom at the time when distinguishing between
    physical boundaries and reach of law.

    It is clear the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment had no intention of freely giving away American citizenship to just anyone simply because they may have been
    born on American soil, something our courts have wrongfully assumed.

    But what exactly did “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” mean to the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment?

    In a nutshell, it means this:

    The constitution of the United States does not grant citizenship at
    birth to just anyone who happens to be born within American borders. It
    is the allegiance (complete jurisdiction) of the child’s birth parents
    at the time of birth that determines the child’s citizenship–not
    geographical location.

    If the United States does not have complete jurisdiction, for example, to compel a child’s parents to Jury Duty – then the U.S. does not have the total, complete jurisdiction demanded by the Fourteenth Amendment to make their child a citizen of
    the United States by birth. How could it possibly be any other way?

    I believe Donald Trump may be correct on this…