JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS came to the United States from the Philippines at the age of twelve as an undocumented immigrant, a history he discloses in this 2011 essay from the New York Times. He has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN Freedom to Write award. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Time, and many other periodicals; he tweets @joseiswriting. His current work focuses on immigration advocacy.