Jose Antonio Vargas, has been detained by Border Patrol in McAllen after attempting to board a plane to Los Angeles, the immigrant youth-led organization United We Dream said in a statement on its website.
Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim, tweeted a photo he described as Vargas in handcuffs. Grim told Business Insider he obtained the picture from “a source.”
Vargas is a former reporter who was part of the Washington Post team that won a 2008 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the Virginia Tech shooting the prior year. Vargas revealed his undocumented status in a New York Times Magazine essay published June 22, 2011.
He traveled to Texas last week to promote the efforts of UWD and other immigration-reform groups to stand in solidarity with the unaccompanied children, before realizing it was within a secure perimeter manned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents where he might not be able to leave without documentation.