Former NYT’s Columnist, Jose Antonio Vargas bragged about being an “undocumented immigrant” (illegal alien) for years. But authorities never apprehended him.
Until July 15, 2014.
On Tuesday, July 15, 2014 U.S. Border Patrol agents detained the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist-turned-activist in McAllen, Texas, after he told them he was in the country illegally, officials said.
He was released on his own recognizance with a notice to appear before an immigration judge, the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement.
Vargas was detained Tuesday morning at the McAllen airport while trying to pass through security en route to Los Angeles, said Ryan Eller, campaign director for Define American, a group Vargas founded in 2011.
Vargas became an outspoken advocate pushing for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws in 2011, when he revealed he was undocumented in a column for The New York Times Magazine.
Recently, he detailed his life story in “Documented,” a film about the U.S. immigration debate that he wrote and directed. CNN aired it on June 29.
Vargas was released on the same day he was arrested.
Even with his high profile and frequent speaking events about his immigration status, Vargas hadn’t found himself in the cross hairs of authorities until his trip this month to the border region to support unaccompanied minors coming from Central America.
At 12, Vargas came to the United States from the Philippines in 1993 with a man he’d never met but whom his aunt and a family friend introduced as his uncle, wrote in his 2011 New York Times Magazine column.
Once in the States, he lived with his grandfather, a security guard, and grandmother, a food server. Both were naturalized American citizens who had been supporting Vargas and his mother since Vargas was 3. He’d later learn that his grandfather had paid $4,500 for this purported uncle — who was a coyote, or people smuggler — to bring Vargas to the United States under a fake passport and name. Via: CNN
Vargas has now turned his attention to making films designed to make white people pay the price for the crime of being born white. Perhaps Vargas isn’t aware that poverty and injustice aren’t exclusive to minorities and that minorities don’t have the market on victimhood.
Here is a clip from his latest movie, White People:
Being an illegal alien in the United States today apparently comes with a whole plethora of benefits. The least of those benefits being the ability to make the majority of people in a country you entered illegally feel guilty for being born white. And not a single person in the media will refer to you as a “racist” for fear of being called…a “racist.”
For more on what it means to be inflicted with “whiteness,” MTV has a link they think you should visit: http://www.lookdifferent.org/whitepeople
And how sometimes it might be difficult for you to even recognize your white privilege. But have no fear, MTV is happy to help you figure it all out if you just follow a few simple steps and take the time to understand why your “whiteness matters”