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Popular Immigration Activist, Jose Antonio Vargas, Arrested by Border Patrol in Texas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jose Antonio Vargas, who has won the Pulitzer Prize, is most known for his detailed chronicling of his life as a Filipino illegally living in the U.S.

The New York Times reports that Vargas was detained for most of the day by the Border Patrol.

One of the most high-profile advocates of immigration rights, Vargas was detained at a Border Patrol checkpoint in the airport as he prepared to board a flight in Texas.

His detainment comes as immigration becomes even more politically fraught in the midst of a crisis involving a flood of Central Americans crossing the border to flee violence.

Border Patrol later released Vargas, saying he had no immigration or criminal record.

Police in Georgia Prepare to Enforce Show-Me-Your-Papers Law

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Police in Georgia are prepared to start enforcing the state’s controversial “show-me-your-papers law” after a federal judge lifted an injunction on it, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The law allows police to check the immigration status of suspects. Anyone believed to be in the country illegally can be detained, the Journal-Constitution reported.

Aimed at pushing illegal immigrants out of the state, critics say the law is unconstitutional and would lead to racial profiling, the Journal-Constitution wrote.

Immigration rights groups said they will be on the lookout for abuse.

“Any type of violations of individuals’ rights — including prolonged detention — is something we will be looking for, documenting and will bring back to court,” Karen Tumlin, a managing attorney for the National Immigration Law Center, told the Journal-Constitution.

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