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Undocumented journalist Jose Antonio Vargas detained while reporting on refugees in Texas

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in 2011, was detained by U.S. border patrol agents while reporting on the refugee crisis in Texas on Tuesday.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated. Please see below.

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Vargas had been reporting from McAllen, a city along the Mexico border, when he realized that he might have trouble leaving the state due to stricter immigration enforcement.

His final tweet before being detained at McAllen airport while trying to board a flight to Los Angeles showed a photo of his Philippine passport and a copy of the U.S. Constitution. Soon after that, Huffington Post writer Ryan Grim tweeted a photo of agents placing handcuffs on the journalists.

“Vargas originally traveled to the border in support United We Dream (UWD) and Minority Affairs Council (MAC), a local UWD affiliate, in order to highlight the stories of refugee children who have fled countries in Central America because of increased levels of violence,” United We Dream, an activist organization founded by Vargas, said in a statement. “The organizations have been volunteering in shelters that provide support to children and families.”

On Monday, CNN’s Eric Burnett asked Vargas if he was “daring” officials to detain him by traveling to the border town.

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“I would say they’re not going to,” Burnett predicted. “You’re a Pulitzer Prize-winner, you’ve accomplished a lot of things. They’re not going to waste their time on you.”

“But, Erin, why the double-standard?” Vargas asked. “When I outed myself three years ago, my goal is to say I’m one of the 11 million [undocumented] people. I’m not asking for special treatment, I’m not asking for there to be any double standard. The government is doing that.”

“The question here is, how do you define American?” he added. “That’s the question.”

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Update: The Washington Post reported that Vargas was released on his own recognizance with a notice to appear in court at a later date.

Vargas issued a short statement thanking supporter on the website for his advocacy group, Define American.

“Our daily lives are filled with fear in simple acts such as getting on an airplane to go home to our family,” his statement read. “With Congress failing to act on immigration reform, and President Obama weighing his options on executive action, the critical question remains: how do we define American?”

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Watch the video below from CNN’s Newsroom, broadcast July 15, 2014.

[Photo: Twitter/Ryan Grim]

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Democrat mocks Trump for being the wrong person to lead the charge on mental illness

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President Donald Trump may not be the best person to focus on mental health in America, a Democratic senator explained on MSNBC.

"All In" host Chris Hayes interviewed Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) before a live studio audience.

The two discussed Trump's focus on mental health instead of gun control following the latest mass shootings in America.

"I saw this article about the mental health proposal being floated. I gotta say, the more I hear him talk about mental health, the more freaked out I get, honestly," Hayes explained. "It seems like — like sci-fi dystopia. They want to do something like DARPA, the notorious Pentagon research association called HARPA. It’s going to develop 'breakthrough technologies with high specificity and sensitivity for early diagnosis of neuropsychiatric violence...The document goes on to list a number of widely used technologies it suggests could be used to help collect data, including Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo and Google Home."

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Obama’s chief economist warns of ‘a very high chance’ Trump’s trade war could cause 2020 recession

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The former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Barack Obama warned of "a very high chance" of Trump's trade war with China resulting in a recession -- "just in time for 2020."

Austan Goolsbee was interviewed by MSNBC's John Heilemann on Friday after the DJIA closed down over 600 points after the trade war escalated on Friday.

"Just give us, if you would, Austan, your sense of what has unfolded today and how bad it is," Heilemann asked.

"Yes, it’s terrible, I'm phoning from a bunker as we speak," Goolsbee replied.

"There hasn’t been a day like this in a very long time. Yes, the markets sell a lot but the fact we’re going to have an escalating trade war, the president of the United States is publicly declaring the head of the Fed an enemy of the state and, oh, by the way, 40% of the Amazon is on fire and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being treated for pancreatic cancer," he continued. "If this is on a Friday, it makes it bad for Monday."

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MSNBC anchor blasts Trump’s ‘lunacy’ after ‘a Twitter tirade that sent the Dow spiraling’

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The New York Stock Exchange closed down over 600 points on Friday as President Donald Trump's trade war with China escalated.

MSNBC anchor John Heilemann said, "we’re hours away for the president taking off to the G7 summit in Bairritz, France, where allies are bracing for the Trump-fueled mayhem that is now 100% certain to ensue, with Trump like a drunken traveler in the departure lounge about to take a trip that he dreads, already sewing global chaos, days-long public meltdown typically moved from words to actions."

"Donald Trump beginning this day with a Twitter tirade that sent the Dow spiraling, closing down more than 600 points today and escalating his trade war with China with these norm-shattering, power-abusing words in this tweet," he said, putting the tweet on-screen.

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