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Jose Antonio Vargas released after US border detention
BBC ^ | July 16 2014 | BBC

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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Hey...don't worry bout it!
1 posted on 07/16/2014 9:43:59 AM PDT by PoloSec
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To: PoloSec

RE: Jose Antonio Vargas released after US border detention

RELEASED? When is the deportation hearing going to be held?


2 posted on 07/16/2014 9:46:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: PoloSec

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!


3 posted on 07/16/2014 9:46:42 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: PoloSec

We’re doomed, America has become LAWLESS!


4 posted on 07/16/2014 9:55:12 AM PDT by blondee123 (DICTATORSHIP HAS ARRIVED! Nov. 6, 2012)
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To: PoloSec

The mistake was letting Obama hear about the arrest.


5 posted on 07/16/2014 9:55:21 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Think how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that.)
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To: PoloSec

It just proves they are letting anyone in, no matter how despicable.


6 posted on 07/16/2014 9:57:52 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: blondee123
"We’re doomed, America has become LAWLESS!"

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.

7 posted on 07/16/2014 10:04:47 AM PDT by VR-21 (Next Stop, Willoughby.)
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To: blondee123

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.


8 posted on 07/16/2014 10:23:14 AM PDT by Max_850
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To: PoloSec
Hey Jose, here's clue - take one it's free.


9 posted on 07/16/2014 10:37:47 AM PDT by atomic_dog
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