Hi, i’m oscar.

I’m a writer for Rolling Stone, National Geographic Traveler and Vogue Mexico.

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The Undocumented American Dream

Over the past 14 years, I’ve graduated from high school and college and built a career as a journalist, interviewing some of the most famous people in the country. On the surface, I’ve created a good life. I’ve lived the American dream.

But I am still an undocumented immigrant. And that means living a different kind of reality. It means going about my day in fear of being found out. It means rarely trusting people, even those closest to me, with who I really am. It means keeping my family photos in a shoebox rather than displaying them on shelves in my home, so friends don’t ask about them. It means reluctantly, even painfully, doing things I know are wrong and unlawful. And it has meant relying on a sort of 21st-century underground railroad of supporters, people who took an interest in my future and took risks for me.

Last year I read about four students who walked from Miami to Washington to lobby for the Dream Act, a nearly decade-old immigration bill that would provide a path to legal permanent residency for young people who have been educated in this country. At the risk of deportation — the Obama administration has deported almost 800,000 people in the last two years — they are speaking out. Their courage has inspired me.

-- The 2011 New York Times Magazine cover story by Jose Antonio Vargas that reignited the Dream movement

Sensitive Soul, Severe Uniform: Bruno Fernandes by Marcio del Nero for Junior Magazine

Sensitive Soul, Severe Uniform: Bruno Fernandes by Marcio del Nero for Junior Magazine

Words of Encouragement from Benjamin Franklin

Words of Encouragement from Benjamin Franklin