On Columbus Day, Being Undocumented in America

Columbus Day. It’s the holiday nobody really likes anymore because, well, it’s based on the flawed premise that this country was discovered in 1492, when in fact people were living here long before Christopher Columbus arrived.

But even now, centuries later, we are still trying to figure out who truly gets to call this place home. That idea of home, of access to the American dream, is even more complicated when you are undocumented. Jose Antonio Vargas and Julissa Arce are just two of the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living in America.

Jose Antonio Vargas is author of Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen and founder and CEO of Define American and Julissa Arce is author of “Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream.”

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