Pulitzer-Prize Winning Immigration Activist Detained By Texas Border Patrol

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, immigration rights activist and self-declared undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, immigration rights activist and self-declared undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas. Susan Walsh/AP

Prominent immigration activist and former journalist Jose Antonio Vargas has been detained at McAllen-Miller International Airport.

Vargas was trying to leave McAllen, a Texas border town where he attended a vigil for unaccompanied immigrant children and families illegally entering the U.S., for Los Angeles. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist tweeted just before he was about to enter security, along with an image of his documents: 

Huffington Post's Ryan Grim tweeted a photo of Vargas in custody:

Since revealing his undocumented status in a 2011 essay for the New York Times, Vargas became the face of the immigration movement, appearing on the cover of TIME in 2012 and releasing a film, "Documented," that aired on CNN. 

"I feel stupid," Vargas wrote in a text message sent over the weekend to Washington Post reporter Ernesto Londoño. "I've been traveling around the country, visiting 43 states in like 3 years, and I've been flying using my Philippine passport. But I've never been to the Texas border area. I just figured I could use the passport. But apparently I can't because border patrol agents check foreign passports."

South Texas newspaper The Monitor obtained a video showing Vargas being questioned at the airport, and reports that the Minority Affairs Council is holding a peaceful protest across the street to support Vargas.

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