October 9, 2012

Associated Press | The New York Times
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement didn’t detain Jose Antonio Vargas after his traffic arrest Friday because he’s not a priority: “ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the removal of public safety threats, recent border crossers and egregious immigration law violators, such as those who have been previously removed from the United States,” agency spokesperson Gillian Christensen told reporters.

In The New York Times, Julia Preston reports Vargas returned to New York and will go back to Minnesota for arraignment later this month to face charges of driving without a license. “I am grateful to have made it home Friday night,” he told Preston. Vargas missed the lecture he was planning to give at Carleton College; he was pulled over for driving wearing headphones but arrested after a Minnesota State Patrol officer found his Washington state driver’s license had been canceled.

Vargas’ license was revoked after he revealed his undocumented status in an essay for The New York Times Magazine.

Katie Glueck reported Saturday that ICE had decided not to detain Vargas.

Previously: Jose Antonio Vargas arrested for driving without a valid license | Immigration officials didn’t ask for Vargas to be detained after arrest

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