Journalist and Immigration Activist Jose Antonio Vargas is detained by U.S. Border Patrol at border town McAllen, Texas
July 16, 2014
Immigration activist and Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas was released eight hours after he was detained at U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint located within 45 miles of McAllen, Texas.
Washington Post writer J. Freedom du Lac reports Vargas was released with a notice to appear before an immigration judge. "As an unaccompanied child migrant myself, I came to McAllen, Texas, to shed light on children who parts of America and many in the news media are actively turning their backs on," Vargas said in a statement after his release.
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July 15, 2014
Immigration activist and Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas was detained this morning at U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint located within 45 miles of McAllen, Texas. He was on his way to board a plane to Los Angeles. Before he was detained, he was expected to attend a screening of his documentary Documented in Los Angeles,
Vargas, who is Filipino, and an undocumented immigrant founded Define American, a non-profit devoted to a media and culture campaign on immigration. Vargas was in the Texas borner area with a camera crew to interview and film undocumented minors who are fleeing their home countries in Central America.