State DOL Cancels Driver’s License of Reporter in Country Illegally

By: Lornet Turnbull | The Seattle Times

The state of Washington has canceled the driver’s license of a journalist who, in a New York Times Magazine article last month, revealed that for 14 years he kept a secret from his U.S. employers: He is an illegal immigrant.

While illegal immigrants can still obtain drivers licenses in Washington, licensing officials said they canceled Jose Antonio Vargas’ driver’s license because he could not prove that he lived in the state when he obtained it, as required by law.

In a piece he penned under the headline, “My life as an undocumented immigrant,” Vargas laid bare details of a life built on lies that started with his arrival as a 12-year-old on a fake passport from the Philippines 18 years ago.

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