Skip to comments.Jose Antonio Vargas released after US border detention
Posted on 07/16/2014 9:43:59 AM PDT by PoloSec
A prominent activist and undocumented immigrant has been released by border agents in Texas after hours in custody.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who has lived in the US illegally since he was a child, was held at McAllen Airport on Tuesday.
The Philippines-born immigration activist, 33, said later in a statement on Facebook that he had been released.
He had been near the border attending a vigil for unaccompanied immigrant children attempting to enter the US.
The growing number of adults and young people arriving in the US from Central America has become a humanitarian and political crisis in recent weeks.
Mr Vargas, a former Washington Post reporter, revealed himself as an undocumented immigrant in a 2011 New York Times Magazine article.
"As an unaccompanied child migrant myself, I came to McAllen, Texas, to shed a light on children who parts of America and many in the news media are actively turning their backs on," he said after his release.
"But what I saw was the generosity of the American people, documented and undocumented, in the Rio Grande Valley."
It is not yet clear whether Mr Vargas has been issued with some kind of court notice.
He was stopped at McAllen Airport which, although in the US, serves as an interior checkpoint for US Customs and Border Protection.
A photo showing Mr Vargas being handcuffed by two US Border Patrol agents sparked anger. Central American migrants climb a train in Ixtepec, Mexico Many migrants head to the US-Mexico border by train
"We stand in solidarity with Jose Antonio and demand for his immediate release, but we must remember that there are thousands of people along the border that live with this same fear every day," said Cristina Jimenez, managing director of United We Dream, an immigrant activist group
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RE: Jose Antonio Vargas released after US border detention
RELEASED? When is the deportation hearing going to be held?
Why wasn’t he deported? That move alone would have proved that we where serious about illegal immigration. The reason is we are not serious!
We’re doomed, America has become LAWLESS!
The mistake was letting Obama hear about the arrest.
It just proves they are letting anyone in, no matter how despicable.
Laws and statutes have been subordinated tp Political Correctness. If one violates the tenets of PC, then one finds out very quickly what the law is about now.
No, we are definitely not lawless, we have more laws than can be readily counted.
The problem is the application of laws and which individuals and groups are chosen to be punished with these laws.