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Jose Antonio Vargas Released from Federal Custody in Texas

Vargas304Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who was the focus of the recent CNN documentary “Documented,” was released from the custody of U.S. Border Patrol agents this evening. Vargas, who is an undocumented immigrant having been brought to the U.S. as a child, was detained for much of the day in McAllen, Texas. DHS released Vargas because he had no prior immigration or criminal record.

Vargas’ detention was news on both “NBC Nightly News” and the “CBS Evening News” as part of the larger reporting on the crisis at the border.

CNN and MSNBC also covered Vargas’ detention throughout the day.  Last night on her show, CNN’s Erin Burnett asked Vargas if he was “daring” authorities to arrest and deport him. Vargas said, “When I outed myself three years ago, my goal was to say, ‘I’m one of the 11 million people.’ I’m not asking for special treatment.”

Last month, in an interview with MediabistroTV, we asked Vargas if being an advocate meant he was no longer a journalist.

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CNN’s ‘Documented’ Tweet Draws Criticism

CNN aired “Documented” last night, which chronicled Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas‘ story. Vargas has gained a high-profile after outing himself as an undocumented immigrant and advocating for comprehensive immigration reform (watch our Media Beat interview with him after the jump).

But it was a CNN tweet revolving around the documentary that caught attention.

That twitter question drew the ire of many. Read more

Why Jose Antonio Vargas Brought ‘Documented’ to CNN

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Jose Antonio Vargas‘s documentary Documented makes its CNN debut this Sunday. The film follows the Pulitzer prize-winning journalist’s journey from outing himself as an undocumented immigrant to advocating for comprehensive immigration reform

If he takes a side on one of the most controversial issues of the day, does he still consider himself a journalist? WATCH:

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CNN Acquires Film by Jose Antonio Vargas

VargasCNN Films has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to “Documented,” a feature-length film about undocumented immigrant and former Washington Post and Huffington Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas. The film will premiere on CNN/U.S. next spring, following its debut at the IDFA film festival which begins tomorrow in Amsterdam. “The film is in honor of 11 million undocumented immigrants – many of us Americans in all but paper,” says Vargas who wrote and directed the film. “It is a privilege to be associated with CNN Films in bringing ‘Documented’ to television.”

“Documented” chronicles Vargas’s journey to America from the Philippines as a child and his journey through America as an immigration reform activist.

Executive producers of “Documented” include technology entrepreneur Sean Parker, publicist/consultant Matthew Hiltzik and Scott Budnick, one of the executive producers of “The Hangover” films.

More after the jump…

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Former WaPo, HuffPo Journalist reveals he’s an Illegal Immigrant

Jose Antonio Vargas, the former Washington Post and Huffington Post reporter has revealed he’s in the U.S. illegally.

ABC News’ Dan Harris has interviewed Vargas and his story will be featured tomorrow on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and on “Nightline.”

Vargas’s mother sent him from the Philippines to live with his grandparents in Mountain View, CA when he was 12 years old. He didn’t realize he was undocumented until, at 16, he went to get his driver’s permit and was denied. He eventually got a valid driver’s license from the state of Oregon — the final barrier to being hired by The Washington Post. A year after joining the Post, in a 2006 interview with FishbowlDC, Vargas talked about owning just one suit, given to him by his high school principal whom he calls his “adoptive mom.” Vargas was a part of the WaPo team that won the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings.

Vargas knows he could be deported, but is speaking out now to fight for the DREAM Act which was reintroduced in the Senate last month. Vargas has co-founded the group DefineAmerican which is pushing for comprehensive immigration reform.