Immigration activist held at airport in Texas

July 16, 2014 - 2:18:23 am

AUSTIN: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented immigrant and prominent immigration activist, was detained at an airport in McAllen, Texas, yesterday as he went through a security checkpoint.

Airport officials would not confirm that Vargas had been detained but said an unidentified individual was taken into custody at a security checkpoint. US Border Patrol did not reply to requests seeking comment. Vargas, 33, posted a picture of himself holding a foreign passport and a miniature copy of the US Constitution on a Facebook page for Define American, an immigration group he cofounded, as he was about to go through airport security for a domestic flight.

Vargas was in the Texas border area to visit a shelter for Central American children who fled their countries to escape heightened levels of violence, said United We Dream, an immigration activist group for which Vargas was working. reuters