I’ve been meaning to say something about José Antonio Vargas, an illegal alien-he calls himself “undocumented”-who won a Pulitzer Prize while living in the United States illegally.

Vargas revealed his illegal status in the New York Times. The article showed him with his many false IDs and other documents he used in perjuring himself. I suppose this is somehow supposed to show that what Vargas did was not wrong but only the result of our foolish legal system.

Now, I have many friends who are in favor of illegal immigration, saying illegals tend to be hard-working and make enormous contributions to our society. I can recognize a family’s desire to better their lot in life, especially for children, but I take a harder line. I was particularly dismayed by a Washington Post spread last week on a rally. Some wore T-shirts saying “Undocumented.” The punning Post described these shirts as “status symbols.”  

Isn’t breaking the law a hoot? Vargas is no less infuriating because of his success.  He still breaks our laws and feels entitled. Citizenship is worth waiting for and obtaining legally. The United States doesn’t owe it to anybody. Why give it to those who hold our laws in so low esteem and only want advantages?

Michelle Malkin has a good column on Vargas and his defenders:

They’re as activist inside their newsrooms as Vargas is out in the open now. Bleeding-heart editors were hoaxed by a prominent colleague, exposed to liability, and yet still champion his serial subversion of the law. San Francisco Chronicle editor Phil Bronstein bragged that he was “duped” by Vargas, but endorses his “subterfuge” because Vargas’s lobbying campaign for the illegal-alien student bailout known as the DREAM Act “just might lubricate the politically tarred-up wheels of government and help craft sane immigration policy.”