Free Pulitzer Prize Winner from Detention!
- by: Casey J.
- target: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson
Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former journalist who "came out" as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times in 2011. After years of traveling around the country to advocate for immigrants' rights, Vargas has been detained at a Texas airport.
Vargas, who came to the United States two decades ago as an unaccompanied minor, has used his visibility to speak out on behalf of immigrants. But even his allies and supporters weren't enough to keep him safe from the American government.
The estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States aren't dangerous. They aren't trying to "steal jobs." They're just trying to keep their families safe and healthy, just like documented American citizens. Many, like Vargas, came to the country as adolescents; they've never known a life outside the U.S. Yet they're trapped in the U.S. legal system, either in detention or in the exhausting bureaucracy that makes it nearly impossible for them to find employment or housing.
Vargas' plight symbolizes that of millions of people suffering at the hands of the government every day; he must be allowed to go free. Tell Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to release Vargas from custody immediately!
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Update #13 years ago
Good news - it's been reported that Vargas was released from detention yesterday! However, he will still have to appear before an immigration judge in a few short weeks - let's keep signing and sharing the petition asking the US to let him stay in the country he's called home since he was a child.