Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas confessed in a New York Times article that he is an illegal immigrant.
"I convinced myself that if I worked enough, if I achieved enough, I would be rewarded with citizenship. I felt I could earn it," wrote Vargas. "I've tried. Over the past 14 years, I've graduated from high school and college and built a career as a journalist, interviewing some of the most famous people in the country ... But I am still an undocumented immigrant."
In wake of this revelation, CNN.com reported, "Jose Antonio Vargas has written many pieces that have put him in the spotlight — including ones on the Virginia Tech shooting that made him a Pulitzer Prize winner, but perhaps his biggest piece yet may be the one that could put him in the most precarious position."
Precarious, indeed. Freelance reporter Natalie Neumann wrote on Twitter that the article told "an incredible story that we do not yet know the ending to."
Neumann and many others are wondering what happens to Vargas now. "The journalist's future in America is now unclear," wrote guardian.co.uk reporter Paul Harris. "He has launched a website, called Define American, that will seek to campaign on the immigration debate and press for the passage of the Dream Act, which aims to grant permanent residency to some illegal alien students who have graduated from U.S. high schools."
Yet, immigration reform is not the only hot issue the Vargas article touches on.
"I had known that I was gay for several years," wrote Vargas in the piece, "...it caused turmoil with my grandparents. Lolo kicked me out of the house for a few weeks. Though we eventually reconciled, I had disappointed him on two fronts. First, as a Catholic, he considered homosexuality a sin and ... even worse, I was making matters more difficult for myself, he said. I needed to marry an American woman in order to gain a green card."
Sarah Posner of Religiondispatches.com picked up on this aspect of the story. "(Vargas) therefore falls into a category of undocumented immigrants who, unlike straight people, have no marriage-related immigration rights," Posner wrote. "That is, the American citizen in LGBT binational couples, even if they are legally married in a state or country that permits it, cannot sponsor their undocumented spouse for citizenship."
Vargas' article comes in the wake of intense national debate regarding both immigration reform and gay marriage.
Earlier this month, for example, the LDS Church released a statement about the former: "The bedrock moral issue for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is how we treat each other as children of God."