Jose Vargas Duped Me— But Does That Matter?

Former boss weighs in on illegal immigrant's confession
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2011 12:24 PM CDT
This undated handout photo provided by Define American shows Jose Antonio Vargas.   (AP Photo/Define American)

(Newser) – The editor-at-large of the San Francisco Chronicle was "duped" by his former employee Jose Antonio Vargas, the journalist who recently admitted to being an illegal immigrant. "Jose lied to me and everyone else he worked for, and that's not kosher, especially in a profession where facts and, more elusively, the truth are considered valuable commodities," writes Phil Bronstein. Even so, it's worth questioning how Vargas' lies, and ultimately his confession, will impact "the atrociously rudderless but vicious debate on immigration reform."

Immigration laws are, after all, "a hopeless jumble of unenforced, unenforceable, or just plain unaddressed issues covering 11 million people." It's possible this incident will support "a potentially powerful new movement in the push for immigration reform," by getting the DREAM Act passed and giving a face to "those millions of people out there floating in terrifying limbo." If Vargas' story spurs the government to "craft sane immigration policy," Bronstein concludes, "we should forgive him his lies."

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