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Border Patrol Releases Prize-Winning Journalist After Detaining Him at Airport

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Border Patrol agents have released Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas after he was detained Tuesday morning.

Vargas, who's lived and worked in the United States for years, was handcuffed while trying to pass through security at an airport in Texas.

Border Patrol has not said anything about his current status.

Before the detention, Vargas tweeted a picture of a Phillipine passport and a copy of the U.S. constitution, saying he was about to go through security and did not know what was going to happen.


He has spent several days in the border city of McAllen, where he tried to draw attention to the conditions that thousands of undocumented children and families were facing there.

In a statement confirming his release, Vargas said, "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. But what I saw was the generosity of the American people, documented and undocumented, in the Rio Grande Valley."

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