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A former Washington Post reporter, who says he’s also an undocumented immigrant, was kicked out of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s town hall event in Iowa Friday.

Jose Antonio Vargas showed up at the Romney town hall in Cedar Rapids holding a sign that read, “I am an American w/o papers.”

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“I [was] just kicked out of a Mitt Romney rally here in Cedar Rapids, escorted out by an Iowa cop,” Vargas later tweeted. “I could not ask a question.”

“I was not causing a ruckus. I was merely trying to ask a question, which is what a journalist does,” he added.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter made headlines earlier this year when he revealed that he had been in the country illegally for nearly 20 years.

“On the surface, I’ve created a good life. I’ve lived the American dream,” Vargas wrote in a 4,300-word article published by The New York Times. “But I am still an undocumented immigrant. And that means living a different kind of reality.”

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“I’m done running. I’m exhausted. I don’t want that life anymore,” he explained.

While Vargas didn’t get to speak at the event, a Romney supporter did ask if the candidate had a plan that could help undocumented immigrants “rather than just rounding everybody up” and deporting them.

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“For those that have come here illegally, they might have a transition time to allow them to set they affairs in order, and then go back home and get in line with everybody else,” Romney replied. “They start in the back of the line, not at the front of the line.”

“We’re not going to go across the country and round people up. It’s just too big of a task. There are what? Eleven, 12, 15 million — who knows the total number? But what we are going to do is that we are going to give people a chance to transition to be able to go home to get in line and then, ultimately if they would like to, to have a green card to come into this country legally.”

Watch this video from CNN, broadcast Dec. 9, 2011.

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

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British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

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