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Think: Jose Antonio Vargas Talks About His Arrest

Jerry Salva

Earlier this month, Jose Antonio Vargas was arrested by immigration officials while trying to fly home from McAllen, Texas. Today on Think, the journalist and immigration activist talked to Krys Boyd about the arrest and about going public with his undocumented status after living in the U.S. for more than 20 years.

When asked if he considered lying to immigration officials about his status, he said:

"The lying is over. I made that decision three years ago. I lied to myself, I lied to my family, I lied to my co-workers. The lying is over. One of my friends actually said to me - after what happened in McAllen - he was saying that I'm practicing a radical form of transparency. Which is true."

Jose Antonio Vargas will be in town this weekend for an immigration symposium at Cathedral of Hope in Dallas and to show his documentary, called Documented. Listen to the entire Think interview and learn more about his visit.

Stephen Becker is senior producer of the Think show , which airs on more than 25 stations across Texas and beyond. Prior to joining the Think team in 2013, as part of the Art&Seek team, Stephen produced radio and digital stories and hosted "The Big Screen" — a weekly radio segment about North Texas film — with Chris Vognar. His 2011 story about the history of eight-track tapes was featured nationally on NPR's All Things Considered. His works has been recognized with numerous state and national awards.