Pulitzer Journalist Removed From Romney Event

Saturday, 10 Dec 2011 08:57 AM

By Gary Cohen

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Jose Antonio Vargas has made the transition from Pulitzer Prize winning journalist to immigration activist but when he attempted to raise an immigration question at a Mitt Romney event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he was denied the opportunity because he didn't have press credentials, according to the Huffington Post.

vargas romney eected eventVargas admitted in a New York Times magazine report that he came to the United States from the Philippines as a 12 year old without knowing he did so with fake documents and he told the Huffington Post he wanted to ask the Republican presidential candidate an important immigration question and considered beginning the question by telling everyone in the room he was undocumented and then asking Romney how he defines being an American.

The problem for Vargas, according to the Romney campaign, is that he did not have media credentials.

The campaign says the former Washington Post and Huffington Post journalist was permitted to attend the public event because of his activist status but was denied access to a post-event media question and answer session because he lacked the media credentials.

Vargas claims he has brought his credentials to other events in the past but did not bring them to the event he was removed from. And he was removed by the police.

Before being removed, Vargas says he had raised his hand but when he did so, he claims a Romney staffer blocked his view.

Vargas then held up a sign which read, "I am an American without papers."

The founder of the pro-immigration reform group,"Define American," told the Huffington Post, " I am merely trying to ask the hard questions. That's what a journalist does."

Vargas says none of the Republican presidential hopefuls have clearly defined what their positions are concerning immigration.

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