But when I handed the clerk my green card as proof of U.S. residency, she flipped it around, examining it. “This is fake,” she whispered. “Don’t come back here again.” …Confused and scared, I pedaled home and confronted Lolo…“Peke ba ito?” I asked in Tagalog…Lolo was a proud man, and I saw the shame on his face as he told me he purchased the card, along with other fake documents, for me. “Don’t show it to other people,” he warned.

My Life As an Undocumented Immigrant, Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas tells his story as a Filipino illegal immigrant in the US. (via pinoytumblr)

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