Jose Antonio Vargas, the writer and activist who went public last year with his status as an undocumented immigrant, was arrested for a driving infraction in Minnesota on Friday, but federal immigration authorities did not detain him or take any other action, officials said Saturday.
Vargas, a former Washington Post reporter who revealed his status in The New York Times Magazine and touched off a debate in the journalistic community, was initially pulled over by a state trooper for driving while wearing head phones, Eric Roeske, public information officer for the Minnesota state patrol, told POLITICO.
Vargas was released a few hours after his arrest, and has a court date scheduled for October 18. Read more about the incident on Politico.
Vargas recently spoke at the Online News Association Conference and called on media organizations to stop using the term “illegal immigrant”, specifically asking the New York Times and Associated Press. We’ve posted the full video from his keynote at ONA12 online. Vargas emphasized that his organization, Define American, will be monitoring major media and calling out those that continue to use the term.
Photo of Antonio Vargas is a still from the Define American video.