UPDATE: Jose Vargas released by Texas border patrol

Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

July 15, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Award-winning journalist and undocumented Filipino immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas was released Tuesday afternoon from a McAllen, Texas border patrol station where he was held after being arrested earlier at the airport by border patrol agents.

Define American, the pro-immigration reform media campaign founded by Vargas, announced Vargas’ release via Twitter. No additional information was provided.

Earlier Tuesday morning, Vargas, who is perhaps the most visible undocumented immigrant in America, was detained by border patrol agents as he tried to fly out of Texas.

He was handcuffed while attempting to pass through security at McAllen-Miller International Airport.

He has been detained for questioning at McAllen border patrol station.

Earlier Tuesday, Vargas tweeted that he was about to go through security and took a photo of his only identification: a Philippine passport along with the copy of the US Constitution.

Minutes later, a photo of his arrest was posted on Twitter.

Vargas, who was smuggled to the US as an unaccompanied minor from the Philippines, was in McAllen, Texas to document and draw attention to the plight of tens of thousands of child refugees.

His lawyers from the Filipino-American Legal Defense and Education Fund told Balitang America that Vargas may be placed on deportation proceedings.

But they will take necessary actions to help the detained Filipino journalist, filmmaker, and immigrant rights activist.

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  • JRB
    15 July 2014 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    All of you that think Jose Vargas is a good person is “NUTS.” He broke the law of America, his lawyers Filipino-American legal defense and legal education fund and all of advocates and people who protest should be deported old of America like Jose Vargas. That’s why Americans “HATE ILLEGAL PEOPLE IN AMERICA.” Look at Yahoo News.com look at the comments the real Americans saying about Jose Vargas and people that is in America illegal? Shame of you all, get out of America and come back the right way? Jose Vargas can talk like hell about illegal people in America, but he couldn’t take himself to make it right all this years he was growing up in America? What a “DUMMY.” Go home Jose Vargas and make it right to come to my home we call America.

  • Delia
    15 July 2014 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Hes handcuffed ? ohhh!!!!!!!!! he should have been put in straight jacket and deported ASAP .

    • cat_idiot
      15 July 2014 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      didnt i warned you? ngayon a-attend ka ng hearing, sana wag nila madaliin yun NTA mo, and hopefully ma covered ka sa plano ni OBama, yun n lng ang chances mo, if not ..i wish u gudluck bro……..

  • Mario
    15 July 2014 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Vargas you’re lucky they did’nt board and deport you immediately, you are an illegal alien. Your Fil-American legal defence & education funds are happy because they will start asking donations and collecting money to delay your deportation. Go back home and make protest at the US Embassy in PH, not here.

  • JRB
    15 July 2014 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    That’s ok Jose Vargas, when you come back to the U.S.? I think Americans will deport you out of America? Now everyone in America knows about you, read what the true Americans said about you on Yahoo news. The Americans don’t like you at all because you broke the law of America. The Americans call you a pain in the butt and should be deported fast out of America? If I was you I’ll hide my face or hide someplace where the FBI can’t find you, because I think you will have to go in front of a immigrant judge and he will deport you because your illegal in America? The faster your deported the better for America, go home where you belong and come back the right way? In 20 years.

  • Malaya
    16 July 2014 at 8:17 am - Reply
  • noz
    16 July 2014 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    he is an american without papers?. you need to be deported to teach you a lesson – you are an illegal alien. this illegal alien guy exemplify the illegal aliens are forcing themselves to stay, get all what they can from america, regardless whether the government which is the american people like it or not. this is very dangerous tipping point, yet obozo and his bozos are accessories to this outward illegal aliens defiance, to put them in the right place back to where they all came from, is what the immigration laws are all about.