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Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes

I never make the same mistake twice. I make it five or six times, just to be sure
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A year from now you'll wish you started today
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work
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When I first saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew
And then you meet one person and your life changes forever
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Dogs teach us a lot of things but none more important than to love unconditionally
You had me at hello
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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken
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A broken immigration system means broken families and broken lives  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) I like Q  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) You have to stand for something bigger than yourself  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) I traffic in empathy. I try to be vulnerable with people so they can be vulnerable back. I’ve always been searching for empathy in other people. It’s when I feel most not alone.  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) I think everybody could agree that our immigration system is broken. We have not told the truth about it.  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) Facebook’s headquarters is a two-story building at the end of a quiet, tree-lined street. Zuckerberg nicknamed it the Bunker. Facebook has grown so fast that this is the company’s fifth home in six years - the third in Palo Alto. There is virtually no indication outside of the Bunker’s tenant.  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) Technology and the Internet are not just changing politics here in the U.S. It’s also happening abroad. In the Philippines, where I grew up, grassroots organizers used text messaging to help overthrow a president.  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) As a gay man, I think the role of culture is central to how you change politics - culture is politics.  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) Demographically speaking, young white people are not in the majority in this country; they’re in the minority. My question is, if they’re not the majority anymore, then what happens? How do things change? Or do they change at all?  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) Facebook’s privacy policies are confusing to many people, and the company has changed them frequently, almost always allowing more information to be exposed in more ways.  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) Laws are getting passed in states like Alabama that basically would punish American citizens who are ‘harboring’ people. Since the federal government hasn’t been able to muster or to get comprehensive immigration reform passed, states are taking it upon themselves to police and enforce laws.  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) I have no control whatsoever on how people perceive me from the Right or the Left. All I have control over is who I say I am.  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) The story of undocumented immigrants in this country is not just about undocumented immigrants. It’s about the country as a whole, and it’s about us being able to tell the truth about where we are with this issue because we haven’t been telling the truth about where we are with this issue.  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) One day when I was 16, I rode my bike to the nearby DMV office to get my driver’s permit. Some of my friends already had their licenses, so I figured it was time. But when I handed the clerk my green card as proof of U.S. residency, she flipped it around, examining it. ‘This is fake,’ she whispered. ‘Don’t come back here again.’  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) The film ‘Documented,’ a project of the nonprofit and nonpartisan Define American campaign, is about my families: the family I was blessed to be born into, and the family of friends, mentors and allies that I found when I moved to the United States at 12, a Filipino kid trying to make sense of my new home in America.  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) Film, as any immigrant will tell you, television and movies is the way we make sense of America when we first got here.  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) While in high school, I worked part time at Subway, then at the front desk of the local YMCA, then at a tennis club, until I landed an unpaid internship at ‘The Mountain View Voice,’ my hometown newspaper.  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) For decades, I have cringed whenever someone called me ‘illegal,’ as if I’m an insect on someone’s back. I found out I didn’t have the right papers - that I was here illegally - when I tried to get a driver’s permit at age 16. But I am not ‘illegal.’ No person is.  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) I don’t think there’s any other issue out there that young people are more passionate, and more ahead in, than global warming.  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) To me, it’s just that social media is allowing people to be in charge of their own narratives  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) I’m sure the president doesn’t enjoy being called deporter-in-chief  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) I’m not a minority: I’m a majority of one. We all are. To call someone a minority, you give them baggage, of not being full, or not being seen as full. All of us need to be seen as full human beings.  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) After I arrived in Mountain View, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area, I entered sixth grade and quickly grew to love my new home, family and culture. I discovered a passion for language, though it was hard to learn the difference between formal English and American slang.  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) Of all the questions I get asked as an undocumented immigrant in the United States, there are two - asked in various permutations via email, social media or in person - that chill me to the bone: ‘Why don’t you just make yourself legal?’ And: ‘Why don’t you get in the back of the line?’  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) As you watch ‘Documented’ on CNN, I ask you, my fellow Americans: What do you want to do with me? What do you want to do with us? How do you define American?  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) Kathy Dewar, my high-school English teacher, introduced me to journalism. From the moment I wrote my first article for the student paper, I convinced myself that having my name in print - writing in English, interviewing Americans - validated my presence here.  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) Culture is about humanizing people. You look at the African-American civil rights movement, you look at the LGBT rights movement - the culture changed before the politics did.  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) The Internet is changing the way we think of our relationship with government; it has the potential to bring to life what Abraham Lincoln said about the presidency being an instrument of the people  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) America is White and Black and Latino and Asian. America is mixed. America is immigrants  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes) When people call me illegal, calling me illegal says more about you than it does about me  (Jose Antonio Vargas Quotes)
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