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Tue Oct 9, 2012, 12:20 AM

No Immigration Charges Filed Against Activist in Traffic Stop (Jose Vargas)

Source: NYT

Federal immigration officials said on Monday that they had decided not to detain a prominent immigrant rights advocate after his arrest in Minnesota last week on a traffic violation because he did not present a risk to public safety.

The immigrantsí advocate, Jose Antonio Vargas, was stopped Friday morning on a highway south of Minneapolis because he was driving with headphones on, his lawyers said.

The Minnesota State Police officers arrested him after a check of his driverís license revealed that it had been revoked by the authorities in Washington State, said Debra Schneider, a lawyer for Mr. Vargas.

Mr. Vargas, an immigrant from the Philippines and a former reporter for The Washington Post, has been an activist since he revealed in June 2011 that he had been living in this country illegally for years.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/09/us/no-immigration-charges-filed-against-jose-antonio-vargas-in-traffic-stop.html



DRIVING WITH HEADPHONES ON? That's even WORSE than using a cell phone while driving! While I appreciate Vargas's activism sadly this incident might have turned off many.

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