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Washington State cancels driver's license after reporter discloses being an illegal immigrant

Associated Press, July 21. Washington state has canceled the driver’s license of a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who publicly said he is an illegal immigrant. Department of Licensing spokeswoman Christine Anthony says officials opened an investigation after Jose Antonio Vargas’ essay about his background was published in the New York Times Magazine. He wrote that he obtained a driver’s license in Washington. Anthony says an investigation concluded Vargas wasn’t residing at the address he provided to the Licensing Department. The agency sent Vargas a letter requesting proof of residency, and the letter was returned. Vargas has said he’s tired of hiding his secret and has launched an advocacy group to lobby for immigrant rights. Washington State is one of two states that doesn’t require license applicants to furnish a Social Security number.