A California elementary school is set to be named after an illegal immigrant activist and journalist.
A newly renovated California elementary school is set to be named after illegal immigrant activist and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, and the school will undergo a dedication ceremony for the criminal alien on August 15, 2019.
Vargas, an illegal immigrant originally from the Philippines who previously worked for Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post, is set to have a newly renovated elementary school named after him later this month in the state of California.
The school, formerly named Slater Elementary School, will now be known as Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School, and Vargas will be in attendance for the dedication ceremony.
According to the school’s website, “Construction is underway on the new Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School,” and it will be positioned “next to the site of the former Slater Elementary. Students in grades K-4 in the Slater, Whisman, and Wagon Wheel neighborhoods will attend the new school in 2019-20.”
The website continues, “The Mountain View Whisman School District wants to make sure it’s connecting with the future students and families of this new neighborhood school to begin to plan for the school’s identity and opening.”
On Facebook, Vargas wrote that “To me this school is about community, and everyone is welcome.” He added, “If you live in the SF Bay Area—or happen to be visiting the area—on August 15, please join me at the public dedication of Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School. Meet the students, their families, and the school’s teachers and administrators.”
“See you there,” Vargas concluded.
To me this school is about community, and everyone is welcome.If you live in the SF Bay Area—or happen to be visiting…
Vargas is a vocal and self-identified “undocumented” person living illegally within the United States. Last year, he published an autobiography, detailing his life as an illegal immigrant.
“This is not a book about the politics of immigration,” Philippines-born Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (and “most famous undocumented immigrant in America”) Vargas writes in the prologue to this memoir.
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.
A rare inside look into one immigrant’s journey in America.
It is unknown what led to the school district’s decision to name an elementary school after an admitted criminal. Big League Politics contacted the school district for comment and did not receive an immediate reply.