July 15, 2014

The U.S. Border Patrol has released the journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas, his group Define American says in a statement. He was detained while leaving McAllen, Texas. In the statement says he came to 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.” The statement continues:

I’ve been released by Border Patrol. I want to thank everyone who stands by me and the undocumented immigrants of south Texas and across the country. Our daily lives are filled with fear in simple acts such as getting on an airplane to go home to our family.

With Congress failing to act on immigration reform, and President Obama weighing his options on executive action, the critical question remains: how do we define American?”

The Border Patrol has not yet replied to numerous requests for comment.

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Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City…
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