With President Obama’s announcement today of his new plan for immigration (non-)enforcement, I couldn’t help but recall the uber-coincidental cover of TIME Magazine this week which prominently featured the issue:
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas… is stirring the immigration pot again and is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Time Magazine along with 35 other illegal aliens – who all name themselves in the article and tell their stories, CBS News reports. There are reportedly about 12 million illegal aliens living in the U.S. He wants everyone to know that the American people just don’t understand this issue.
Vargas claims he and the 35 other “undocumented workers” now worry about being deported. “But what’s even more worrisome is not doing anything about it,” he added.
“At the end of the day, most people in my situation haven’t been encountered by the government. There’s 11.5 million of us, right? Most people have not been encountered,” Vargas told CBS This Morning. “… I am about as public as it comes on this. I’m on Twitter, I’m on Facebook. I’m on the corner of 14th and 6th in Manhattan.”
“We’re almost invisibly visible,” he continued. “You know we’re here. So allow us to come forward and say, ‘Hey, if you want us to pay our back taxes, if you want us to wait in some sort of line. If you want us to learn to speak English,’ … But give us the process that we can enter.”
What do you think? Do you think it’s pure coincidence that TIME ran the Vargas cover story this week, or do you think the timing was meant to coincide with the Obama White House’s immigration bombshell today?