Update: reporter Jose Vargas released from Border Patrol custody

Update: reporter Jose Vargas released from Border Patrol custody
Immigration Crisis

POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 5:13pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 11:32am

Jose Antonio Vargas has been released by McAllen, TX Border Patrol. We don't have additional information to share at this time - but he has issued the following statement:

"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.

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?"

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas was detained at a Texas airport Tuesday morning, his spokesman said.

Vargas was held at a detention center at the airport in McAllen, Texas, after he tried to fly out of the border city, his spokesman Ryan Eller said. Information on why he was detained wasn't immediately available.

Vargas wrote and directed "Documented," a film about the U.S. immigration debate and his own life story that CNN aired on June 29.

Vargas' grandfather brought him to the United States from the Philippines illegally when he was 12 years old. Vargas says he didn't know he was in the country illegally until he was 16, when he applied for a driver's license and was told his permanent residency card was bogus.

CNN's Michael Humphrey contributed to this report.

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