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Former Washington Post Reporter Loses Driver’s License After Revealing His Undocumented Status

Posted Jul 21, 2011 6:12 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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After reading in the New York Times last month that a former reporter at the Washington Post had obtained a Washington state driver's license despite his undocumented immigration status, state officials investigated.

When a letter sent last month to the address he had provided on his application was returned unopened, they canceled the license of Jose Antonio Vargas reports the Seattle Times. The letter had asked him to prove he is a resident of the state, one of two in the country that allow illegal immigrants who live there to obtain driver's licenses.

Vargas wrote about his situation last month in a freelance piece the New York Times Sunday magazine, My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.

Additional coverage:

Associated Press: "Washington state cancels Jose Vargas’s license after the former Post writer disclosed his illegal status"

Updated on July 22 to clarify that Vargas wrote the New York Times article as a freelance journalist and include information from AP article.

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