Undocumented Pinoy Pulitzer-prize winner nabbed, released
REDWOOD City, California - Undocumented Filipino award-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas was stopped and arrested on Interstate 35 in Minneapolis,
Minnesota last Friday morning.
He was charged with misdemeanor for driving without a valid driver’s license, as reported by the Minnpost.
It was not clear why Vargas was stopped. Reports say he was pulled over by a state trooper and was asked to show his driver’s license.
Vargas complied but when the trooper ran his ID, it showed that his Washington State driver’s license status was cancelled.
Washington had revoked Vargas’ driver’s license soon after the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist came out as an undocumented immigrant via a New York Times article he wrote last year.
Reports also say that immigration authorities were contacted by the arresting officer because he suspected Vargas to be undocumented.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities did not detain him and no further action was taken.
An ICE official told politico.com that Vargas was not arrested because no immigration detainer notice was issued by the Department of Homeland Security.
Vargas was released just a few hours later Friday.
He is scheduled to appear in Hannepin county court on October 18.
He then tweeted Friday night to let his twitter followers know that he is fine, and to thank everyone who supported him.
Vargas declined Balitang America’s request for an interview at this time.