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Immigration activist to speak at UH-Manoa graduation

By Star-Advertiser & news services

LAST UPDATED: 09:57 a.m. HST, Dec 17, 2013

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration activist will be delivering the University of Hawaii at Manoa's commencement address Saturday morning at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Jose Antonio Vargas revealed in a New York Times essay two years ago that he has been living in the U.S. illegally since he was brought from the Philippines as a child to live with his grandparents.

He grew up in California where teachers and school administrators helped him gain college admission, a driver's license and employment. He later landed a job at The Washington Post where he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize.

About 1,100 Manoa students are eligible to receive degrees and certificates at UH-Manoa's mid-year commencement program, which will begin at 9 a.m. The student procession starts at 8:30 a.m. and doors to the Stan Sheriff Center will open at 7:45 a.m. 

The event is free and no tickets are issued, so seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Balloons and strollers are not allowed inside the center, UH officials said. Free parking will be available in the lower campus parking structure, which opens at 6 a.m.

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false wrote:
Obama's here already? When did he get in?
on December 17,2013 | 06:38AM
Sandybeach wrote:
Mr. Vargas should go to piers 18, 19 and 38 at Honolulu Harbor to see what damage human trafficking can do. Hundreds of illegal aliens are kept prisoner on long line fishing vessels. He should speak to these aliens. They are the victims. I wish that the college graduates get involved. Stop illegal aliens from being exploited.
on December 17,2013 | 06:42AM
beachbum11 wrote:
You mean from being imported.
on December 17,2013 | 07:52AM
AhiPoke wrote:
I don't know much about what's happening on the fishing boats but I have seen the US close down operations on Saipan, staffed by foreigners, which it claimed to be abusive. Those operations, by US standards, probably were "abusive". On the other hand, compared to where those workers came from, the conditions were better than what they left. By shutting down those operations the workers were worse off and had to return to bad conditions for less pay. Who won? The US needs to stay out of being the world's nanny and stop exerting our values upon people who don't want it.
on December 17,2013 | 09:44AM
false wrote:
I'm sorry, I just saw the headline "immigration activist"...
on December 17,2013 | 06:50AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
There are two classes of people in our country---those of us who are here legally (by birth, naturalization, or with a green card) and those of us who aren't. One class of people have to follow the law; the other doesn't. Notice how the headline on this story calls Jose Antonio Vargas an "immighration Activist" rather than an "IIlegal Alien". And also notice the oh-so-serious picture of him which accompanies the article. It just tugs at your heart-strings, doesn't it? I bet he's making a nice cushy living from his "activism" in favor of violating the law. How much is UH Manoa paying him to speak at the commencaement ceremony? He and his kind should follow the rules like all the legal immigrants to our country have done.
on December 17,2013 | 07:04AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Everyone in Hawai`i is an immigrant. Yep, even the kanaka ma`oli.
on December 17,2013 | 08:58AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Try saying that to a kanaka maoli .....to his face. ... (Maoli does NOT mean "immigrant").
on December 17,2013 | 09:52AM
HOSSANA wrote:
Thank you. You are so right. He doesn't deserve the respect and adulation that he is receiving...for what...being an illegal immigrant while the other immigrants have to go through the long and arduous process of becoming a citizen. As far as I'm concerned, HE IS AN ILLEGAL. Nothing more and nothing less.
on December 17,2013 | 11:35AM
Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
Nice to know that crooked university officials in California aid and abet criminal law violations as part of their job descriptions. Wasn't M.R. Greenwood from that neck of the woods?
on December 17,2013 | 07:17AM
false wrote:
Well said kekoa. Problem is, he now has all the qualifications to become president of this once great country
on December 17,2013 | 07:23AM
false wrote:
He's got all the qualifications to become president...
on December 17,2013 | 07:25AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
give it a rest, will you?
on December 17,2013 | 08:22AM
Uncleart66 wrote:
Try to stay in Japan without a visa....they laugh at us.
on December 17,2013 | 08:42AM
Nevadan wrote:
Or the Philippines
on December 18,2013 | 09:57AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
How did this guy who, to date, is still an illegal alien, get a drivers license, admission to college, a job......all without a social security number. SSNs are something that only legitimate citizens or permanent resident aliens are entitled too. Heck, this guy can't even get a Hawaii state id, but he has a job and a Publitzer prize. He better not leave the USA because without a passport, which should be impossible for him to get unless it's a PHILLIPPINE one, he'll never be allowed back in. I hope the social security administration investigates this guy for possible SS fraud. btw......there is no such thing as illegal immigrants. All immigrants are legal. Don't insult the people who waited in line and played by the rules to become citizens of the US.
on December 17,2013 | 09:43AM
TLehel wrote:
SA let me post my comment. You're being biased and ridiculous. I'll report you to the triple B.
on December 17,2013 | 10:03AM
TLehel wrote:
I can't believe what I'm reading. Actually you know what, I can. Look at this balarky. He's an illegal immigrant. I-lle-gal!!! I don't care what kind of sob story he has. If he wants to stay in this country he should do it legally. The fact that this guy hadn't been shipped back to his country long ago is so infuriating. There's a reason we, and other countries, have immigration laws. Get your green card if you want to live here! What's worse is how our country allows known illegal immigrants to stay here. This is clear cut propoganda. Government is trying to butter everyone up to illegal immigration, which they are supposedly supposed to be stopping. Wake up from your Sodium Flouride, Chloride, and Bromine induced comas and stop this.
on December 17,2013 | 10:04AM
Matsu wrote:
Absloutely agree TLehel. I had to go through tons of paperwork to get my wife into the US legally. I have no problem with immigrants, I understand our country is stronger for them, BUT they need to immigrate LEGALLY. If it is okay to break these laws, why obey any of our laws? There is no other country on the planet that is more accomodating to legal immigrants, yet to see these "Actvitist" complain makes me sick. Try entering the Philippines illiegally and see how far you get.
on December 17,2013 | 10:21AM
false wrote:
rest?! paleeeeze....
on December 17,2013 | 10:30AM
false wrote:
on December 17,2013 | 10:31AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
your digs at President Obama aren't funny (much as you seem to think they are) and detract from the topic being discussed.
on December 17,2013 | 11:16AM
Alex57 wrote:
Wouldn't be great if INS went to the graduation and arrested him. But as with the rest of the government (both state and federal) they have no balls.
on December 17,2013 | 11:06AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Just deport him back to the Philippines.
on December 17,2013 | 11:13AM
PinkSushi wrote:
It's not about "not having balls". It's about not wanting to offend the Spanish surnamed voting bloc. Them forcing their way into the USA is an act of desperation, in a desperate act to just survive. Spain put the curse on every single society they ever created. All over the Spanish speaking world, the residents are desperate to get out, paying their life savings and risking their lives to make all-out desperate attempts to get out. Then once in the USA, they thumb their noses at the USA and declare that speaking Spanish and accepting Spanish as your language is how you get ahead in the world. And so they have launched their all-out assault to make the USA Spanish speaking. Because they claim they love the USA soooo much, and want us to be come rich too, just as in their countries.
on December 17,2013 | 10:49PM
steveoctober wrote:
If I was a participant at this ceremony I'd be outraged at this illegals appearance. Many of the students at that ceremony wont find jobs because of people like him displacing employment opportunities to those who follow the law.
on December 17,2013 | 01:32PM
PinkSushi wrote:
Not only taking jobs, but also smuggling obscene amounts of money out of the USA, which also results in less jobs for native born Americans. The Spanish surnamed people would have died out decades ago had there been no USA to care for them 24/7 like how a mommy cares for her newborn.
on December 17,2013 | 10:44PM
SteveToo wrote:
Jose Antonio Vargas revealed in a New York Times essay two years ago that he has been living in the U.S. illegally since he was brought from the Philippines as a child to live with his grandparents. Can I make a citizens arrest? That man needs to be arrested and deported TODAY!
on December 17,2013 | 05:05PM
SteveToo wrote:
What I-D-I-O-T okay-ed spending State money to bring this OUTLAW to Hawai`i?
on December 17,2013 | 05:08PM
Ronin006 wrote:
The caption below Vargas’ photo describes him as an “immigration rights” activists. I would like to know what immigration rights he believes people in the US illegally should have. The only right for illegals should be the right to leave right now.
on December 17,2013 | 05:09PM
false wrote:
I don't think it's funny either. That's the problem
on December 17,2013 | 08:00PM
Anonymous wrote:
Hawaiians are "immigrants" here? No different than the Japanese or Filipinos? Really? Whose country did the Hawaiians force their way into when they came here? What was the name of the islands they forced their way into?
on December 17,2013 | 10:28PM
Charliegrunt wrote:
What part of ILLEGAL aliens is unclear? Why does the federal government use our tax dollars to provide ANY assistance to ILLEGAL aliens? Congress and a series of administrations created this problem, by NOT following there own laws. What happened to the rule that aliens were required to apply for and have visas to visit, and could not reside here unless sponsored by a US citizen or organization who was willing to accept financial responsibility for them, etc.? Now, besides tax payers having to pay for their benefits and assistance, we are also having to pay for the questionable enforcement.
on December 18,2013 | 03:23AM
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