Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who came out as undocumented in a moving New York Times Magazine essay last week, appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show last night. Vargas talked about how it felt when, at 16, he discovered that his grandfather had arranged for his emigration from the Philippines with false papers and that he was undocumented, and why he came forward at this point in his life.

Vargas noted the need for a credible conversation about immigration in this country, and how it connects to the broader question of American identity. Watch the insightful conversation in the clip above.