Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who has written not one, but two huge magazine stories about his life as an undocumented immigrant, will not be affected personally by Barack Obama’s decision to stop deporting young people, but he’s elated nonetheless. “This is a HUGE day, a GREAT victory,” he told Daily Intel via e-mail. “And though the decision does not apply to me — I’m past age 30; I’m 31 — this a bold and necessary step in the right direction.” Vargas, who also runs a group called Define American, is almost exactly the type of person the new policy is meant to protect: He arrived from the Philippines at age 12, has lived and worked in the U.S. since, and has never been charged with a crime. So close. But because of the millions of others that will be affected by the decision, he’s still counting this one as a win.
“Based on the current phased force laydown of approximately 5,900… personnel through Dec. 15, 2018, the estimated cost to deploy, operate, sustain, and redeploy forces is approximately $72 million.”