Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who recently announced he is an undocumented worker, is scheduled to appear on tonight’s episode of ‘The Colbert Report’ to encourage the public to sign a pledge in support of US immigration reform, according to the campaign mobilization website Change.org.
While Vargas originally hoped to gather 25,000 signatures, the website reports he has already received 50,000 and now hopes to reach 100,000 by the time he appears on ‘The Colbert Report.’ In addition, Vargas’ organization, Define American, is asking supporters to consider hosting small parties with friends and neighbors to watch the episode and start a comprehensive conversation about immigration.
“We need YOU to reach out into your community and talk about the personal issues of immigration, especially with people who would not otherwise discuss it, or with people who do not agree with you,” Vargas posted earlier this week on the Define American blog.
Supporters can sign the petition, “Stand With Me, Jose Antonio Vargas, for a New Conversation about Immigration” on Change.org.
There were about 11.2 million illegal immigrants living in the US in 2010, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. About 8 million unauthorized immigrants are currently employed in the US work force.