Jose Antonio Vargas has been released. Now what?

posted at 10:41 am on July 16, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

As you have doubtless heard by now (and as Noah already covered) illegal immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas was taken into custody by the Border Patrol yesterday. Whether or not this was prompted in part by my call over the weekend for ICE to do something about this guy shall remain a mystery. Judging by the response in the comments to my suggestion, it no doubt came as a pleasant surprise to most of us that he was picked up at all. But by yesterday evening it seemed that our congratulations to law enforcement were a bit premature, as Vargas was back on the street in less than eight hours.

Jose Antonio Vargas, the former journalist who has spent the past few years crusading on behalf of fellow undocumented immigrants, was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents Tuesday and held for much of the day after trying to leave a Texas border town without a valid U.S. visa.

Vargas was taken into custody Tuesday morning at McAllen-Miller International Airport and was held for about eight hours until his early-evening release. He received a notice to appear before an immigration judge.

The last sentence is the key bit of news here, since it turns out that authorities didn’t entirely cave and simply let the fish off the hook as they did in Minnesota back in 2012. Vargas was released on his own recognizance, but will have to appear before an immigration judge in the days, months (or years?) to come. I haven’t heard yet how long this process will take, but presumably it would be difficult for Vargas to simply go to ground and disappear, so we can expect that he’ll show up. (And given his history of drawing attention to himself, I doubt he could avoid the temptation of the spectacle.)

So what will happen then? One might naively assume that a criminal who has been flaunting his disregard for the law for this long would almost automatically be deported to his native country, but that might be a bit hasty. Judges are not immune to public sentiment, and to avoid the media backlash over one of their own tribe having to actually face the consequences of his actions the judge may find it easier to simply let him go. This could be accomplished with some sort of generic, judicial legerdemain wherein they claim that Vargas isn’t really “one of the dangerous illegal immigrants” and our resources would be better spent going after drug dealers and terrorists.

This, of course, is nonsense. As I wrote in the original piece, Vargas represents a powerful talisman to potential illegal border jumpers, demonstrating how easy it is to not only flaunt the laws of this country, but to prosper in the land where the streets are paved with gold in spite of them. But such realities frequently fail to overcome politics, so I’m not putting any money on Vargas being sent back home any time soon.


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Illegals who subvert our borders further with their activism should be deported post haste.

WannabeAnglican on July 16, 2014 at 10:44 AM

I am going to cross into Mexico, burn all my documents, recross into the US and claim my free stuff. Certainly I won’t need to pay taxes anymore.

ConstantineXI on July 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I’ve always liked traditional Filipino names like his.

rogerb on July 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM

He intended to get picked up and make a news story out of it.

Midas on July 16, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Illegals who subvert our borders further with their activism should be deported post haste.

WannabeAnglican on July 16, 2014 at 10:44 AM

The only people entitled to be in the United States are birth citizens.

At the very least ANY immigration reform has to have a drop dead date, a date of which if you are caught in this country illegally past that date, you, AND ANY OF YOUR PROGENY are permanently ineligible for ANY legal status in the United States in the future.

They Must Leave.

ConstantineXI on July 16, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Send him back to the Philippines where he was born and lived until he was 12. That’s where his family is. That’s where his mom is. There is no conundrum here.

oscarwilde on July 16, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Americas tombstone will read:

Too dumb to survive

Red Widow on July 16, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Roger, don’t know if that is sarc. Second time I’ve seen a comment on the name. The residents there have mainly Spanish names.

katy the mean old lady on July 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Once again we have it clearly demonstrated that the federal government has absolutely zero interest in actually enforcing the laws that on the books regarding immigration.

While part of me agrees with Jazz that Vargas ego and arrogance would make it likely that he will appear before an immigration judge when his court date arrives, I also suspect that like the majority of illegal immigrants, he will skip that hearing (if no ‘reform’ has passed in the mean time) in order to protect himself from having to pay a price for his arrogance and contempt towards the rule of law.

He might consider himself ‘entitled’ and ‘special’, desiring to become a ‘martyr’ for the cause of illegal aliens, but I’ve always taken the position that if someone is so hell bent on becoming a martyr, they should be obliged.

Athos on July 16, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Vargas came here from the Philippines as a child, but knowingly broke multiple laws as an adult in order to stay in the country. After being supplied with a fake passport with a fake name, a fake green card and a bogus Social Security number, he committed perjury repeatedly on federal I-9 employment eligibility forms. In 2002, while pursuing his journalism career goals, an immigration lawyer told him he needed to accept the consequences of his law-breaking and return to his native Philippines. He ignored the counsel and instead used a friend’s address to obtain an Oregon driver’s license under false pretenses. It gave him an eight-year golden ticket to travel by car, board trains and airplanes, work at prestigious newspapers, and even gain access to the White House — where crack Secret Service agents allowed him to attend a state dinner using his bogus Social Security number.

Perjury, document fraud, and those are just the crimes we know about. Poor, “innocent,” serial law-breaking illegal alien. The above is from a Michelle Malkin column. There is another article about this guy that describes how his Florida high school principal helped him fraudulently obtain a U.S. college scholarship to which he was not entitled.

Meanwhile, thousands of law-abiding foreigners continue to wait in their home countries for their U.S. visa applications to be processed, while this corrupt, law-breaking fraud continues to flaunt his lawlessness in their faces, and continues to be rewarded for doing so.

AZCoyote on July 16, 2014 at 10:53 AM

dangerous or not …

8 U.S. Code § 1326 – Reentry of removed aliens

3 times a felon. admitted.

WHY is he released?

WaldoTJ on July 16, 2014 at 10:53 AM

So when is this guy going to have a website set up for him to
run for Office??

ToddPA on July 16, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Send him back to the Philippines where he was born and lived until he was 12. That’s where his family is. That’s where his mom is. There is no conundrum here.

oscarwilde on July 16, 2014 at 10:48 AM

But what about the violence in the Philippines?

Walter L. Newton on July 16, 2014 at 10:58 AM

You don’t need to read tea leaves. Just read the end of the ICE statement here (sorry, MSNBC) to get the drift of the Party Line:

Mr. Vargas has not previously been arrested by ICE nor has the agency ever issued a detainer on him or encountered him. ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the agency’s resources to promote border security and to identify and remove criminal individuals who pose a threat to public safety and national security.

They’re here for good unless things change.

Drained Brain on July 16, 2014 at 11:01 AM

But what about the violence in the Philippines?

Walter L. Newton on July 16, 2014 at 10:58 AM

OK, send him to Chicago, or Camden, or, Compton.

katy the mean old lady on July 16, 2014 at 11:02 AM

He’ll get richer, like this azzhole and traitor.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former Taliban POW who was just returned to active duty, has lawyered up, asking prominent military affairs attorney Eugene Fidell to take his case.

Fidell told ABC News today that he has been representing Bergdahl for about a week and is working pro bono.

Schadenfreude on July 16, 2014 at 11:04 AM

So what will happen then?

The same thing that happened to Uncle Omar and Auntie Zetuni, both of whom already had long-standing deportation orders that they flouted while Zetuni sucked up tax dollars in public housing and Omar was practicing drunk driving.

The courts are a total joke and the immigration courts are the worst of all.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Roger, don’t know if that is sarc. Second time I’ve seen a comment on the name. The residents there have mainly Spanish names.

katy the mean old lady on July 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM

The Philippines were under Spanish Colonial rule for about 340 yrs, until end of Spanish-American War in 1898. That’sa lotta Spanish blood to carry on, hence all the Spanish names.

Renee on July 16, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Jose Antonio Vargas has been released. Now what?

…Eric Holder declares him a victim….and he ends up working for the administration?

JugEarsButtHurt on July 16, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Roger, don’t know if that is sarc. Second time I’ve seen a comment on the name. The residents there have mainly Spanish names.
 
katy the mean old lady on July 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM

 
Nope and yep respectively. Spanish (as in over-yonder Spanish) colony influence IIRC.

rogerb on July 16, 2014 at 11:09 AM

But what about the violence in the Philippines?

Walter L. Newton on July 16, 2014 at 10:58 AM

OK, send him to Chicago, or Camden, or, Compton.

katy the mean old lady on July 16, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Or Detroit, or Baltimore, or L.A., or Phoenix, or any of dozens of U.S. cities plagued by gang violence — much of which is caused by foreign gang-bangers like MS-13, who are only able to live and operate in the U.S. because of idiotic open-borders, amnesty-pimping politicians and media types who refuse to support enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.

AZCoyote on July 16, 2014 at 11:10 AM

He received a notice to appear. Pffft!

Kissmygrits on July 16, 2014 at 11:10 AM

He kinda looks like a child. From a county that doesnt share a border with the USA, y’know. So “logic”!!!!!

Jedditelol on July 16, 2014 at 11:11 AM

illegal immigrant = illegal alien?

Bmore on July 16, 2014 at 11:11 AM

dangerous or not …

8 U.S. Code § 1326 – Reentry of removed aliens

3 times a felon. admitted.

WHY is he released?

WaldoTJ on July 16, 2014 at 10:53 AM

He was never criminally charged. They let him off with an NTA.

NorthernCross on July 16, 2014 at 11:11 AM

The courts are a total joke and the immigration courts are the worst of all.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM

That’s because U.S. immigration laws are written by immigration lawyers and LaRaza activists, and are deliberately set up to ensure that there are multiple hearings and appeals (so the lawyers can make money), and the legal process isn’t over until the illegal alien wins (so LaRaza can continue to strengthen its army and bilk U.S. taxpayers).

AZCoyote on July 16, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Roger, don’t know if that is sarc. Second time I’ve seen a comment on the name. The residents there have mainly Spanish names.

Many do, but not all. The Spanish comes from occupation by Spain for almost 400 years but before that, most of the names were more like Malaysian. Now, along with Spanish and native Filipino, you’ll find names like my own which are based in Chinese, who constitute a large segment of many Asian countries.

funkengruven on July 16, 2014 at 11:16 AM

It’s really simple. It’s no longer a secret, if it ever was. ICE is proclaiming its mission in the statement it released:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol Agents operating at McAllen-Miller International Airport encountered Mr. Vargas 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. He was released on his own recognizance after consultation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Mr. Vargas has not previously been arrested by ICE nor has the agency ever issued a detainer on him or encountered him. ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the agency’s resources to promote border security and to identify and remove criminal individuals who pose a threat to public safety and national security.

In summary:

Despite his fame (or notoriety) ICE has never “issued a detainer on him or encountered him.”

This would be because:

ICE is “focused” on “enforcement” to “identify and remove criminal individuals.”

Oops, make (2) only those criminal individuals who “pose a threat to public safety and national security.” In other words, they’re not interested in catching illegal aliens unless, say, they sponsor a parade float disrespectful of the president.

Drained Brain on July 16, 2014 at 11:16 AM

A demonstrable citizen of another country that has overstayed his “welcome”. A squatter, or, more specifically, an invader.

Pack him up and deport him, paid for by seizing his belongings.

DimsdalePiranha on July 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Blacks and other legal minorities, the middle/lower classes, legal blue/white color workers, taxpayers, cantorize all your politicians.

They rob you blind.

Otherwise, shut up and work harder and live in squalor and enjoy your modern day masters in DC, who live like kings, on your backs.

Schadenfreude on July 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

Bishop on July 16, 2014 at 11:19 AM

While he’s waiting to appear, I am in need of someone to mow my lawn. And there’s a local restaurant with a “Help Wanted” sign seeking a dishwasher. Or he could head out to Yuma, AZ to pick lettuce and cantaloupe for the growers out there.

But I think his best bet will be to sign on with Zuckerberg or Reid. I’m sure they could use a polished personal valet.

microfiction on July 16, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Investigated for tax evasion?

He obviously doesn’t want to be a citizen but he’s making use of our services… Is he paying income tax?

Skywise on July 16, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Jose Antonio Vargas has been released. Now what?

What? You’re expecting something to happen? Like, right now?

He’ll quiet down for a little bit. He’ll make his scheduled appearance … with a legal team paid for by wealthy Lefties. Postponements and continuances will be granted. And he’ll still be here, illegally, right up ’til amnesty is granted, again, to millions.

And there is a derogatory term for those who would wager otherwise, chum … p.

M240H on July 16, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Retweeted by Michelle Malkin
TwitchyTeam ‏@TwitchyTeam 1h

Rep. John Lewis declares his support for open borders: ‘Our doors are open’ http://bit.ly/1tRaL9d

Bmore on July 16, 2014 at 11:20 AM

you’ll find names like my own which are based in Chinese

funkengruven on July 16, 2014 at 11:16 AM

“funkengruven” is Chinese?!? And here I was assuming it was German………. ;)

GWB on July 16, 2014 at 11:26 AM

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

Bishop on July 16, 2014 at 11:19 AM

So you’re saying there is a chance………………

VegasRick on July 16, 2014 at 11:26 AM

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

And if Vargas doesn’t appear he will be rearrested, taken before a judge, given an order to appear again at a later date, and then released.

Bishop on July 16, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Ok, but what happens if he doesn’t appear?
I didn’t quite get that.

Tard on July 16, 2014 at 11:40 AM

But what about the violence in the Philippines?

Walter L. Newton on July 16, 2014 at 10:58 AM

But what about the violence in ANY deep blue city in America, such as Chicago?

ConstantineXI on July 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Ok, but what happens if he doesn’t appear?
I didn’t quite get that.

Tard on July 16, 2014 at 11:40 AM

The judge will lecture him and send him away to his next court date with a STRONGLY WORDED LETTER telling him to appear.

ConstantineXI on July 16, 2014 at 11:56 AM

If i was a pro-illegal attorney, I would be watching this case closely and be gearing up a class action suit citing the equal protection clause. Another release sets a dangerous precedent. Not that it hasn’t been done before, just never with the high priority of this case…

mkbruin on July 16, 2014 at 12:04 PM

If i was a pro-illegal attorney, I would be watching this case closely and be gearing up a class action suit citing the equal protection clause. Another release sets a dangerous precedent. Not that it hasn’t been done before, just never with the high priority of this case…

mkbruin on July 16, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Illegal aliens do not have Constitutional rights.

ConstantineXI on July 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM

If i was a pro-illegal attorney, I would be watching this case closely and be gearing up a class action suit citing the equal protection clause. Another release sets a dangerous precedent. Not that it hasn’t been done before, just never with the high priority of this case…

mkbruin on July 16, 2014 at 12:04 PM

I wouldn’t mind seeing an attorney gear up a class action suit on behalf of *citizens* who are expected to follow the laws while illegals clearly are not. Seek immediate dismissal of all taxes owed, all fines assessed, all traffic citations on anyone’s record, all DUI offenses, all identity theft charges, etc.

Midas on July 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Illegal aliens do not have Constitutional rights.

ConstantineXI on July 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM

No, the SCOTUS has ruled that they do: http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/rightsandfreedoms/a/illegalrights.htm

Seamus on July 16, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Frankly, I am glad the judge kept Vargas around for several reasons.

Mr. Vargas has committed numerous acts which would otherwise land a bona fide citizen in jail. Amongst his many accomplishments are fraud, document forgery and making false applications to the federal government.

I suppose Democrats feel that illegal immigrants are above our laws and traditions. Furthermore, that American citizens deserve jail time for the noted offenses and those who are not citizens, who are breaking our law by their very presence in our nation, do not.

Democrats additionally believe citizens should be chastised for respecting American culture and not foregoing those traditions for a foreign culture. Because anything less than capitulation would be “unwelcoming”.

Democrats ultimately believe that overwhelming our communities, many of which are already in fiscal crisis, with illegal immigrants is somehow acceptable. That straining services which are already at the breaking point providing for Americans in need is somehow justifiable.

We have 93 million Americans that have been looking for work so long, they’ve given up. Our highest rate of unemployment is amongst the most needy. Our entire economy is stagnant- and it has zero to do with a lack of people that want to work.

Yet this is the Democrats highest priority and they attack anyone that disagrees?

Marcus Traianus on July 16, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Illegal aliens do not have Constitutional rights.

ConstantineXI on July 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM

No, the SCOTUS has ruled that they do: http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/rightsandfreedoms/a/illegalrights.htm

Seamus on July 16, 2014 at 12:30 PM

SCOTUS has been wrong before.

If it’s not in the Constitution it’s an opinion, not Constitutional.

ConstantineXI on July 16, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Illegal aliens do not have Constitutional rights.

ConstantineXI on July 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM

No, the SCOTUS has ruled that they do: http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/rightsandfreedoms/a/illegalrights.htm

Seamus on July 16, 2014 at 12:30 PM

SCOTUS has been wrong before.

If it’s not in the Constitution it’s an opinion, not Constitutional.

ConstantineXI on July 16, 2014 at 12:33 PM

You’re entitled to your opinion, but their opinion is the only one that actually counts.

Seamus on July 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Jazz, this is a correct use of “flaunt”:

a criminal who has been flaunting his disregard for the law

But this should be “flout”:

demonstrating how easy it is to not only flaunt the laws of this country

Sorry, but this grates on me.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on July 16, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Maybe he can share a desk with Bowe Bergdahl…..

bimmcorp on July 16, 2014 at 1:38 PM

I am going to cross into Mexico, burn all my documents, recross into the US and claim my free stuff. Certainly I won’t need to pay taxes anymore.

ConstantineXI on July 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Yep; pretty much anyone with decent Spanish that can fake the right dialect can reinvent themselves via this wide-open channel.

Wanted criminals, heavily in debt, want to get out of child support, unhappy with your marriage, known terrorists, etc.

“No habla ingles!”

slickwillie2001 on July 16, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Now what? A pardon and an ill-gotten green card/permanent citizenship is in order (or at least that’s what the Chamber told me).

Steve Eggleston on July 16, 2014 at 2:12 PM

More lawlessness to ensue.

anuts on July 16, 2014 at 4:22 PM