AUSTIN, Texas, July 15 Prominent immigration
activist Jose Antonio Vargas was detained at an airport in
McAllen, Texas, on Tuesday as he was passing through a security
checkpoint, the immigration rights group he co-founded said.
Airport officials in the border city could not confirm that
Vargas had been detained but said an unidentified individual was
taken into police custody at an airport security checkpoint.
Vargas posted a picture of himself holding documents on a
Define American Facebook page as he was about to go through
"The only IDs I have to show security: my Philippine
passport and my pocketbook U.S. Constitution and Declaration of
Independence, which I keep with me at all times. I don't know
what's going to happen," he wrote.
Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has
written extensively about immigration.
In 1993 at the age of 12, he said goodbye to his mother and
boarded a plane in the Philippines to join his grandparents in
California. It would be four more years before he would learn
that he was in the United States illegally.
(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Doina Chiacu)