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"Documented" star detained
July 15th, 2014
04:56 PM ET

"Documented" star detained

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas suspected he wouldn't get out.

His fear came to fruition Tuesday morning when he was detained at a Texas 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.

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  1. not2serious

    Vargas and the liberals are grandstanding through manipulation this necessary debate on immigration. Simply put, a vast majority of legal residents/citizens of this country are finally expressing their dissatisfaction with the immigration issue and Vargas and liberals who have free reign to manipulate this issue are finding out that we have laws and if followed your illegal a$$ will get detained. The subject of undocumented minors entering are mainly here to reunite with illegal parents who proceeded them and are not refugees escaping violence, etc as claimed... they're walking up to border patrol agents, givong themselves up because theu know that the present administration with eventually allow them to be reunited with family. They are NOT unaccompanied, PLEASE!!, they travel with neighbors, coyotes, siblings, etc... STOP the lies and liberal manipulations of the truths....

    July 22, 2014 at 2:50 am | Reply
  2. ProtectAmericanJobs


    July 16, 2014 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  3. Tek Shrewsbury

    I don't have a dog in this fight. I just want people to think before they take sides that would limit access to this country. Are you in the opposed camp because of your view of Hispanics? What if they were illegal Irish immigrants who came on a 30 day visa and stayed? Some estimates are there are over 50,000 undocumented Irish living in USA. I wonder how many come from countries by flying in and over staying their visa? The point is that these people that are coming are the poorest of them all and are coming best as they can to avoid the situation they are in, whether economical, political or whatever. Those of you who are opposed to "These types" should realize they end up being the most productive because they cherish the opportunity afforded by this country. They invest in their children and provide a lifeline to those they left behind. How many of you if you look into your families and friends have stories as similar to all who have come to this country and made it? Afraid to look I bet.
    I know many of you are God fearing good Christians and would be glad to give the shirt of your backs to someone in need. Why not look and see if you are living up to your Christian ideals?
    Those who claim Government isn't doing enough at home and shouldn't squander our resources to these people are misguided. If the Govt took all the taxes taken in and redistributed it to people in need here, they would be accused of supporting the unproductive. People on the dole. How much support is enough before we turn to support others who are in worse shape than even the poorest of us? Should we cut ourselves off from the rest of Humanity?
    I shudder to think when if by the Grace of God things were to reverse and we had to ask for help from our neighbors from the South in the future.
    The world is in a constant flux and to haves become have nots. When you invest in your friends and neighbors, you invest in yourself and your children in the future. Don't think have short term thinking.
    Humanity is a long game in a short boat called Earth.

    July 15, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Reply
    • Sandy

      As an immigrant myself and notarized American citizen. I'm agree with your comment, only I can add ,that there're in USA 5% World population and 40% usage of nature resources.There're will be always conflict btwn wealthy and poor.And People will come,no matter what risk they take

      July 16, 2014 at 8:50 am | Reply
    • Hector Slagg

      We have already been down that road. The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions. And we have an 18 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt to prove it.

      July 16, 2014 at 9:48 am | Reply
  4. elizabeth haderlein

    Mr Van Jones needs to act like a gentleman and stop interrrupting when another person is speaking. I would have liked to hear Michelle Bachman finish her comments without having to listen to and look at a big bossy boots type male.

    July 15, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  5. Maputo59

    Watching Crossfire: Question ... If our southern border is so porous, has anyone given an idea of "annexing" Mexico and the region all the way down to the Panama Canal? Just think of how we could then use our military to flush the drug cartels, murders, etc., and we would then have a smaller border (of sorts) to secure. Just think of the "resort properties" we would gain as well. Appalling how this has "become" the current President's problem, when this issue has been prevalent for 30-40 years.

    July 15, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  6. KD

    Good, he is continually insulting this country! His actions are to say the least, manipulative! Wake up people. The major of this country believes in enforcement of the current laws. What needs to be reformed is the continuing lack of enforcement and not securing our borders!!! These kids are not refugees!!! They are pawns! The US is now becoming a lawless nation – that spells doom. I knew in my heart that Obama was bad news and this proves it for me. Coincidently timing- I don't think so!!!

    July 15, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Reply
    • Maputo59


      How did the become "Obama's" fault? We have had a "border" problem for several decades. Everyone is quick to "blame" Obama for everything that the previous POTUS's did nothing to curb. I agree that our borders are undermanned, but many of the suggestions to address the issue are stalled in Congress, due to partisan politics. As a nation of immigrants, it's rather hypocritical of us to suddenly turn our backs on the weakest and most vulnerable of humanity. Sure, let's send the kids back to their countries so they can be raped, killed, tortured! What if these kids were relatives of yours? Would that make a difference? There are no easy answers here, but I can see where we should extend ourselves to at least give these kids a chance at a better life. We are quick to allow political dissidents come to our country, along with their families. We are quick to attack countries on the whim that WMDs exist, so why not HELP some kids when all they have left are their lives?!? C'mon folks, we're better than this. I do not agree with spending a ton of tax dollars on "educating" the families in Honduras, Guatemala and Belize. We cannot open our wallets every time a poor nation cries foul. But I stand by my previous post of "ANNEXING" these countries, including Mexico, which we could then legally POLICE the region and cut down on so much strife, illegal drug running, people smuggling, and corruption. We are quick to establish ourselves in other "Oil Rich" countries!!! Why not invest in "PEOPLE RICH" countries as well.

      July 15, 2014 at 10:44 pm | Reply
      • MDR

        Maputo59, let me start to give a little background of myself. I'm Hispanic. Both of my parents are Hispanic from a South American country. I'm in my 40's and I came to this country at the age of 16. Btw, I did it legally. I came here w/o my parents and I was able to finish HS, join the Military Service, and now I work for one of our biggest government agencies. I wanted you to know my background so the statements and responses I'm about to make are not viewed in any way as the views from someone that has an axe to grind with the Hispanic community.

        I'm going to tell you why Obama is at fault. You state that ppl now want to blame Obama for everything that the previous POTUS failed to act upon. I agree with you that that Bush was not all in to combat illegal immigration. I also, would be quick to point out that had 9/11 not happened, we would have seen some type of immigration reform bill. That however, is in the past.

        It's a fact that the section of the Act that Obama is using to validate his actions and approach to the "humanitarian crisis" as he calls it, was indeed enacted in 2008 during Bush's period. The truth is that such Act it is not pertinent nor should apply to those minors. Why you may ask? Well, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Act was put in place to protect those that were in fact victims of such act. Trafficking. A person is allowed to claim to be a victim of human trafficking if they claim that they were brought to this country for sexual slavery, forced labor, etc. It does not apply to those that are "victims" of Human Smuggling. The vast majority of the American public does not know the difference and/or is completely unaware of what I just described.

        Now, you may be asking yourself: How does this apply to Obama being blamed for the current crisis? Well, Obama has taken the section that pertains to unaccompanied minors and unilaterally applied it to every single one of these cases. As with just everything else, POTUS has made this decision because that is how he interprets that portion of the Act.

        As I have mentioned before, the Act has been in place since 2008. So since that is a fact......How come we haven't seen minors arriving at our borders since shortly after that year. I mean, it's 2014 now. Right? I mean, every immigration lawyer and immigrant rights group would have been aware of the loophole and would have spread the word way before now. Right? So you have to ask yourself these questions: What has changed since 2008 that these minors are coming now? What is happening now that they think that now it's a better time to come to the US than in 2008 or 09, 10, 11, etc. By the way; if you think it's an increase of violence and poverty in those Central American countries, you are in the wrong path. Those are violent and poor countries, but the fact is that those levels haven't changed in 10 plus years. Look it up.

        If you don't fin any easy answers, let me shine a bit of a light on the subject. The reason why they come now instead of the past is: Obama. I have been working in the immigration field for the last 12 + years. Since Obama's ascend to presidency; us, the folks that work in the immigration field, have seen this administration issue order after order restricting the application of immigration laws and restricting personnel from enforcing them. These order (some written and some just verbal) are clear and cut malfeasance or misfeasance. If I was to have made the same decisions applied them, I would have not only lost my job, but most likely be in prison for committing multiple felonies. But since these are "executive decisions" then it's a quite ok.

        I wish I'd tell you every instance were law has been violated or circumvented by this administration. Not enough time nor the appropriate setting.

        As for the annexation thing, ....I agree with you, but we both know that would never happen and the international community would look at the US and say that we are going back to the colonists ways.

        July 19, 2014 at 3:49 pm |

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