Professional Illegal Immigrant Spreads Fake News About Detention Centers

Photo by Jeff Hahne/Getty Images for Define American)

Mike Brest Reporter
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Activist José Antonio Vargas tweeted a staged photo of children in cages Monday, alleging that they were detained by the government and subjected to inhumane conditions.

Vargas, a journalist and founder of a pro-immigration non-profit, told his followers that the child in the picture was locked in a cage as the result of “a government” that “believes people are ‘illegal.'”

Vargas then informed his followers that he was looking for the sources of the photo he posted, tweeting, “Still trying to find a source for this photo. Saw it on a FB friend’s timeline but looking for confirmation. Has anyone seen it elsewhere?”

Without knowing where the photo was from, he still attributed it as a direct result of President Trump’s immigration stance and policy.

Another reporter, Kaz Weida, tweeted back to Vargas explaining that the photo was, in fact, staged during a protest that took place earlier this month. The tweet has since been deleted, but Weida did send another trying to stop the misrepresentation of the photo.

Vargas immigrated to America when he was 12. Years later, after finding out he was brought into the country illegally, the journalist-turned-activist chose to continue to hide his immigration status.

Vargas founded Define America in 2011, a non-profit dedicated to “[using] the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants.”