Activist Jose Antonio Vargas Released After Border Detention During a Vigil for Child Refugees
Posted on Jul 16, 2014
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist was handcuffed and held by the U.S. Border Patrol at McAllen Airport in Texas on Tuesday for the first time since immigrating to the U.S. from the Philippines. Vargas, who has lived in America since the age of 12 and describes himself as the “most privileged undocumented immigrant in the country,” has shed much-needed light on the plight of undocumented immigrants such as himself in what Truthdig contributor Juan Cole calls Vargas’ “breathlessly awaited documentary, ‘Documented.’ ”
Vargas’ release was announced via Facebook by the nonprofit organization he founded, Define American, with the following statement from the writer himself:
His statement regarding the kindness he witnessed at the border was not the only heartening part of the troubling incident. Some of the responses to his detainment are also a reason to hope that our definition of American will shift in a more inclusive, positive direction.
To learn more about Vargas’ documentary, watch this interview with “Democracy Now’s” Amy Goodman.
—Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata
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