VARGAS TO RELEASE DOCUMENTARY ON UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

February 20, 2013

NEW YORK—Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas is set to release a documentary on the plight of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

“I’m documenting the undocumented community, that’s what I’m doing,” said Vargas.

Vargas said he has been working on the project, which he wrote and produced over the last two years.

Vargas added that the Filipino-American community needs to speak out to push for the overhaul of the broken U.S. immigration system.

“ABS-CBN just did a documentary on TNT, which means tago ng tago, which means hiding and hiding. I think the era of hiding and hiding is over we have to speak out, we have to insist to be recognized and to be visible and we have to organize,” said Vargas.

On Tuesday, Vargas received the “Justice in Action” award from the Asian American Legal Defense Fund at the Annual Lunar New Year Gala in New York. The award is presented to exceptional individuals for their outstanding achievements and efforts in advancing social justice.

Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang presented the Vargas his award and said he admires Vargas’ efforts to push for immigration reform.

“Jose Antonio Vargas is someone who advanced a cause that we all care about, which is immigration reform and he did it in a way that was human, passionate and brave and he really put his own life on the line to do it… and that’s why he’s a hero,” said Hwang.

Other recipients of the awards were Simone Wu and Congressman John Lewis, leader of the civil rights movements in the 1960’s.

Contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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