By Sunnivie Brydum | July 15, 2014
Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is gay and undocumented, was detained by border control agents in McAllen, Texas, as he attempted to board a plane to Los Angeles this morning, according to reports from United We Dream.
Vargas, who famously came out about his immigration status in a 2011 feature in The New York Times’ Sunday magazine, was in Texas to attend a vigil recognizing the rights of Central American children who are crossing the border into the U.S., fleeing violence and poverty. Vargas was in McAllen to support pro-immigrant groups United We Dream and Minority Affairs Council, highlighting the stories of young immigrants sent to the U.S. in search of safety.
As someone who was sent to the U.S. as a child, Vargas “wanted to uplift the importance of treating the #borderchildren humanely,” reads a statement at Define American, the nonprofit Vargas founded to challenge and create media in hopes of changing the culture and conversation surrounding immigration reform.