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Prize-winning reporter held at US border

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas speaks at the Commonwealth Club of California on July 11, 2011 in San Francisco, CaliforniaPulitzer-prize winning journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas, who revealed in 2011 that he is an undocumented immigrant, was detained by US border patrol agents Tuesday, inflaming an already fiery immigration debate. Campaigners and leaders including the mayor of New York immediately called for the Philippine-born 33-year-old’s release from detention in a Texas border town, some urging President Barack Obama to intervene. Vargas was in the southern US state to join other lobby groups “to stand in solidarity with and humanize the stories of the children and families fleeing the most dangerous regions of Central America,” the campaign group Define American said. A high-profile campaigner for the rights of fellow immigrants, he was detained at the airport in McAllen, where he planned to board a flight to Los Angeles.

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