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July 15th, 2014
09:18 PM ET

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas freed after detention

America's most famous undocumented immigrant - Pulitzer-Prize journalist Jose Antonio Vargas - was released by border patrol agents Tuesday.

Vargas, who was a guest on OutFront Monday night, was arrested Tuesday morning after attempting to board a plane out of McAllen, Texas.

The Department of Homeland security released a statement saying they encountered Vargas at the airport and "apprehended him after he stated that he was in the country illegally. Mr. Vargas was transported to the McAllen Border Patrol Station where he was processed and provided with a Notice to Appear before an immigration judge."

But some are asking whether Vargas - who has been in the U.S. for more than 20 years - wanted to be detained.

CNN's Alina Machado has more.


Filed under: Border Crisis • Immigration • News • Undocumented
July 11th, 2014
08:23 PM ET

U.S.-Mexico's penetrable 1,900-mile border

Just how many immigrants are coming across the U.S.-Mexico border? And what's the reality of the security that exists there?

Tom Foreman has the answer in the CNN virtual studio.


Filed under: Border Crisis • News
July 11th, 2014
08:18 PM ET

Obama official: "Our border is not open to illegal migration"

President Obama sent a top surrogate, his Homeland Security Secretary to the U.S.-Mexico border to survey the situation for himself - a stop that many on both sides of the political aisle say the President should be making.

The president defended his decision, saying this week that he's not interested in photo-ops.

Obama official says at border: 'We'll send you back'

But Republicans have seized on that statement and tweeted this photo of the president meeting with a student in Austin, Texas.

The meme says, "Hey girl. I'm not interested in photo ops." And the tweet from HouseGOP said, "A picture says a thousand words."

CNN's Ana Cabrera joins Erin Burnett from Artesia, New Mexico, where Secretary Jay Johnson toured a temporary detention facility that is currently holding more than 400 women and children.


Filed under: Border Crisis • News • Politics
July 10th, 2014
09:15 PM ET

Boehner: Border crisis is "president's own making"

House Speaker John Boehner is continuing his sharp criticism of the president on the issue of immigration.

"This is a problem of the president's own making," Boehner said. "He's been president for five and a half years. When is he going to take responsibility for something?"

The president is fighting back slamming House Republicans for not taking up a bill on immigration reform.

"The House Republicans, they haven’t even called the bill," Obama said. 'They won’t even take a vote on the bill. They don’t have enough energy or organization or I don’t know what to just even vote no on the bill. And then they’re made at me for trying to do some things to make the immigration system work better. So it doesn’t make sense."

OutFront, Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez of California.


Filed under: Border Crisis • Immigration • News • Politics