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Undocumented Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas Detained In Texas

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Vargas knew he could fly out of the local airport with his Philippines-issued passport, but he also knew there would be a Border Patrol presence at the airport.

“I’m going to fly out of here, I haven’t decided exactly when, but it’s going to be a test since the border patrol is at the airport," he told the Huffington Post on Saturday.

He decided to attempt to leave Tuesday morning, unsure of what would happen.

Cristina Jimenez, managing director of United We Dream on Tuesday called for Border Patrol to release Vargas.

"Once again, the Border Patrol has proven to be a rogue agency after arresting Jose Antonio, a low-priority case for detention and deportation," he said in a statement.