Jose Antonio Vargas, the journalist who outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in The New York Times, has been arrested and detained. The news quickly spread through Twitter, and is trending in New York, according to Trendsmap.
Vargas was leaving McAllen, Texas to go to a screening of his film Documented in Los Angeles when he was arrested. He was brought to a border patrol station for questioning. Supporters and members of the media gathered across the street, and were warned that if they approached the station any closer, they would also be arrested.
For more, head to FishbowlDC. Also check out MediabistroTV’s recent interview with Vargas:
Update: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted his support for Vargas and issued a press release, calling for his quick release. “[I] hope that he can stay in the country that has been his home and to which he has contributed so much,” said de Blasio.
I stand in solidarity with journalist and advocate @joseiswriting. He exemplifies what America is about.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) July 15, 2014
Update 2: Vargas has been release by boarder patrol. “I want to thank everyone who stands by me and the undocumented immigrants of south Texas and across the country. Our daily lives are filled with fear in simple acts such as getting on an airplane to go home to our family,” Vargas said in a statement.