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Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas front and center of immigration debate

The story of journalist Jose Antonio Vargas being detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents has been trending on social media from his arrest to his release.

Vargas was detained earlier this week in Texas due to his undocumented status. He has been released on his own recognizance hours after being detained at the airport in McAllen, according to published reports.

The incident has put Vargas in the middle of the immigration debate, which has reached a fever pitch in the U.S. and divided the country.

Vargas, a former Washington Post reporter who was born in the Philippines, said he intentionally made the trip to Texas with “the purpose of shedding light on the children who parts of America and many in the news media are actively turning their backs on,” Vargas said in a statement.

It’s not the first time he’s made such an effort. He also wrote and directed the film “Documented.” The documentary looks at the impact being undocumented has had on his life.

The ACLU also issued a statement in response to the detention:

The ACLU of Southern California is greatly concerned by the Department of Homeland Security’s decision Tuesday to detain Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was in Texas to report and write on the current crisis at the border.

While we understand the impact immigration issues have in the Latino community, this event has made us wonder: At what point does a journalist’s extensive coverage meet bias and activism?

Then again, he’s been very straight-forward about his perspective and undocumented status.