Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning illegal alien journalist, is the public face for amnesty.
To celebrate Labor Day, Vargas, who is still in the country in spite of his status and identity theft, took to Twitter to thank illegal aliens for the “labor our country depends on.”
— Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting) September 7, 2015
That tweet set off a series of angry responses.
@joseiswriting ALL the people dedicated towards social & economic achievements in America, celebrated. NOT a selective group over another.
— Melayna Lokosky (@MelaynaLokosky) September 7, 2015
Another user pointed out why the word “illegal” is used in reference to illegal aliens.
@joseiswriting I think the label “criminal” comes from the definition i.e. one who commits a crime. Which they factually are.
— Nathan Duffy ≠ (@TheIllegit) September 7, 2015
Vargas responded to his critics by equating knowingly entering the country illegally, or willingly overstaying a visa, with segregationist Jim Crow laws.