Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer. A leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, he founded the non-profit media advocacy organization Define American, named one of the World's Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company.

In 2020, Fortune named him one of its "40 under 40" most influential people in government and politics. His best-selling memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, was published by HarperCollins in 2018. His second book, White Is Not a Country, will be published by Knopf in 2023.

We are Americans (Time Magazine) shown at Time Square, NYC

An elementary school named after Vargas opened in his hometown of Mountain View, California in August 2019.


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Dear America

Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

  • “This riveting, courageous memoir ought to be mandatory reading for every American.”

    Michelle Alexander

    Michelle Alexander

    New York Times bestselling author of The New Jim Crow
  • “l cried reading this book, realizing more fully what my parents endured.”

    Amy Tan

    Amy Tan

    New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and Where the Past Begins
  • “This book couldn’t be more timely and more necessary.”

    Dave Eggers

    Dave Eggers

    New York Times bestselling author of What Is the What and The Monk of Mokha
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Dear America, notes of an undocumented Citizen paperback by Jose Antonio Vargas (Winner of Pulitzer Award)