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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, called “[T]he most famous undocumented immigrant in America”, tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms.

“This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book - at its core - is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means to not have a home.

"After 25 years of living illegally in a country that does not consider me one of its own, this book is the closest thing I have to freedom.” (Jose Antonio Vargas, from Dear America)

©2018 Undocumented LLC (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Vargas's performance of his memoir is sincere, intelligent, and thoughtful.... Vargas exhibits passion and composure even as critics exhort him to 'get in line' to become a citizen - though no such path exists from his current status." (AudioFile)

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Immigration issues

A great story on the daily challenges of people we meet every day, and the need to evaluate our priorities and values as a country.

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Great Book and Insight

Jose’s story resonates with me, a first generation, American-born daughter of immigrant parents. And, although our stories are different, many of his feelings ring true, especially in today’s political climate. This should be required reading for all who think they have a special claim to America while excluding others.

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Excellent

This is an eye-opening and ultimately heart-wrenching book, perfectly narrated by the author. Thank you for it.

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Varga's story needs to be read in schools!

I want to thank the author for his vulnerability and courage to share his story and challenge the narrative of immigrants in the United States.
I highly recommend reading/listening to a moving story that has me unsettled with immigration policies.

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Story of a gift without a return receipt.

So often we as a nation receive what are perfect citizens and returning them is all we can think about. No plan exist to benefit from the wonder of the gift but we are always planning its return or abandonment in the empty lot of immigration policy

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Essential reading for every native born American

Great to hear the author reading his own story in such a clear, heartfelt manner. It made for a riveting listening experience.

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A book everyone should listen to!

Phenomenal!! Given what a hot topic immigration is, this book should be required reading for everyone. I couldn’t wait to keep listening to this book.

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Really hope people read this to better understand people

This was such a great book! I am so glad I picked it . I recommend this to everyone who is confused about undocumented people. This is a powerful story that people don’t get to hear everyday.

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Wow! EVERY American Should Read This Book!!!

Mr. Vargas has done all of us a huge favor by writing this book which tells the story of his life. My hope is every American will read it to better understand how much we need to change our many many misguided policies on immigration.

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Moving story and well told

Jose Antonia Vargas has the courage to be an undocumented citizen, specially in this times! Moving story and well told