No Immigration Charges Filed Against Activist in Traffic Stop (Jose Vargas)
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The Minnesota State Police officers arrested him after a check of his driverís license revealed that it had been revoked by the authorities in Washington State, said Debra Schneider, a lawyer for Mr.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.