Pulitzer Prize-winning journal-ist Jose Antonio Vargas will give alecture tonight about the immigra-tion issue in the U.S., which Vargashas ocused on or much o hiscareer. Hosted by Student UnionActivities, the event will take placein Budig 120 tonight at 7 p.m. Animmigrant himsel, Vargas posesa question to students concerningimmigration reorm: “Where doyou stand?”“Indierence is unacceptable,”Vargas said. “Change only happenswhen young people get involved.”When he was 12, Vargas’ amily moved rom the Philippines to theUnited States. But it wasn’t until hewas 16 that he discovered that hewas undocumented. A year later,he became motivated to be a jour-nalist.“I grew up with people reerringto me, and people like me, as “il-legal.” I wanted to prove to peoplethat I exist, that I’m actually here,that you’re actually reerring to ahuman being. Writing or me, andhaving a byline, was a way to dothat,” Vargas said.Vargas has also branched outto the lm medium. Recently, hespent time working on a documen-tary about the experiences o beingan undocumented immigrant inAmerica. itled “Undocumented,”students get the opportunity to seeclips rom the lm at the event.“I’m not a politician. I’m not anorganizer. I’m not a leader. I’mcalled an activist and advocate --okay, I have no control over that.But I don’t consider mysel any o those things. As ar as I’m con-cerned, I’m a writer, I’m a lm-maker, I’m a storyteller and I’mworking on the biggest story o my lie, which happens to involve me,”Vargas said.Since the beginning o his career,Vargas has won a Pulitzer Prize orhis coverage o the Virginia echshooting, he’s written a IME Mag-azine cover story and he’s spent alot o time talking to people aboutimmigration reorm. He eels thathis work has rewarded him withthe gif o perspective.“It has allowed me to really em-pathize with people and under-stand where they’re coming romwithout judging them, and try tounderstand why they eel whatthey eel,” he said.Annie Matheis, Social Issues Co-ordinator or SUA, is one o many students who helped put the eventtogether.“As college students, we’re at sucha time where a speaker like this isreally critical. It can really openour eyes to what real issues are inAmerica and things that peopledeal with on a daily basis,” Matheissaid.
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House passes bill aimed at shutting down Obamacare
On Friday, President Barack Obama addressed the recovery and growth o the automotive in-dustry with employees at the FordMotor Co. stamping plant in Clay-como, Mo.Hours beore he spoke, theHouse passed a spending bill thatrisks a government shutdown anddeunding o the Aordable CareAct, known as Obamacare. Allour Kansas representatives votedto deund the program.Te bill is headed to the Senate,where it isn’t likely to pass in it’scurrent orm.I a budget billisn’t passed be-ore next Mon-day, the govern-ment won’t beable to raise thedebt ceiling andwill deault on itsobligations—its“bills.” Tousandso Americans willeel the eects when they can’t goto work or get their paychecks.A Congressional budget haspassed routinely each year sincethe 1950s. A deault has neverhappened.President Obama criticizedCongress’ action, saying it couldbe “prooundly destructive” orAmerica’s reputation, it’s economy and its uture.“Basically,” Obama said, “Ameri-ca becomes a deadbeat.”House Democrats and a smallnumber o Republicans echo Pres-ident Obama’s view. Te presidentsaid those opposing the bill aresimply trying to crush his legisla-tion.“Tey want to threaten deault just to make sure that tens o mil-lions o Americans continue notto have health care,” PresidentObama said.Republicans have voted onObamacare issues 41 times, evenafer the Supreme Court ruled itconstitutional in June 2012.Accordingto PresidentObama, it isalready reduc-ing healthcarecosts across thecountry, and isnot hinder-ing economicgrowth.Te bill hascaused thenumber o uninsured people in theUnited States to drop by allowingthose age 26 and younger to re-main on their parents’ insurance,providing an extra cushion or agenerally healthy demographicwith insurance on the back burn-ers o its mind.“Tis rees up some o the wor-ries about nding that ‘perect’ job with benets and creates new opportunities or young adults,”wrote Jarron Saint Onge, assistantproessor o sociology.Republicans contend that theharm will come in the orm o penalties that companies and indi- viduals will have to pay or optingout o Obamacare coverage.However, the Senate now has achoice: to pass the spending billand eliminate Obamacare und-ing, or risk shutting down thegovernment i a compromise isn’treached by the 30th.“Now they’ve gone beyond justholding Congress hostage, they’reholding the whole country hos-tage,” Obama said o the HouseRepublicans.He urged Congress to stop gov-erning crisis-to-crisis and get back to work, ocusing on the agenda athand.“Te American people haveworked too hard or too long dig-ging out o a real crisis just to letpoliticians in Washington causeanother crisis,“ Obama said.Obama expressed that he’s morethan willing to work it out andcompromise.“I don’t mind them disagree-ing with me,” he said. “Tey don’tlike the Aordable Care Act,they’d rather have people nothave health insurance, I’m hap-py to have that debate with them.But you don’t have to threatento blow the whole thing up justbecause you don’t get your way.”
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Pulitzer-winning journalist to address immigration issues
President Barack Obama speaks to Ford Motor Co. stamping plant employess in Claycomo, Mo. on Friday, Sept. 20.
“Now they’ve gone beyondjust holding Congress hos-tage, they’re holding thewhole country hostage.”
BARACK OBAMAU.S. President
Screening o “American Movie”and conversation with producer SarahPrice
6:30 to 10 p.m.
Budig Hall 110
Sarah Price, a director andproducer, has had documentary lmspremiere and garner top awards atSundance, Toronto and Berlin Interna-tional Film Festivals.
SUA presents Grocery Bingo
7 to 9 p.m.
Hashinger Hall, Black BoxTheater
Play bingo and win ood, simpleas that.
Last day or 50 percentreund.
Last day to enroll, add orswap a class.
Ten-year anniversary celebration oAmbler Student Recreation Fitness Center.
2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Ambler Student Recreation FitnessCenter
International Peace and ConfictStudies Film Festival.
Spencer Museum o Art auditorium
5 to 7:30 p.m.
The center o Latin American &Caribbean Studies presents “Machuca”(2004). The lm runs 121 minutes.
Facing Genocide and its Atermath: “Car-tographies o the Holocaust and Genocide”
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Hall Center, Seminar Room
Alberto Giordano, rom Texas State Univer-sity at San Marcos, will speak at a seminar opento aculty, sta and graduate students.
KU common book: An evening with authorTimothy Egan.
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
In a ree event, Timothy Egan, author o the2013-14 KU Common Book “The Worst Hard Time,”will speak to his experience writing “The WorstHard Time,” as well as take questions rom theaudience. A book signing will ollow the event.