Undocumented Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas Detained In Texas


Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented journalist and activist, was detained by U.S. Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas on Tuesday after trying to board a plane to Los Angeles, Calif., according to United We Dream statement.

Vargas traveled to the border on Thursday to interview undocumented immigrants who had fled Central America. When he got to the border town of McAllen, he realized he would need to pass through a Border Patrol station in order to leave.

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.