American Dreams

Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME

Most of us know people who are undocumented immigrants--we just don't know they are undocumented immigrants. They can be colleagues or classmates or co-workers, but they keep their lack of citizenship hidden. When I first met Jose Antonio Vargas, the author of this week's cover story, I knew him as a journalist, but I didn't know that he wasn't legal. I learned that only when he revealed his status publicly, something more and more people are doing, in part because of Jose's example. His decision was and remains controversial--some wondered whether you can trust a journalist who lied about his background--but...

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