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She Was Detained By ICE For Two Weeks, But Dreamer Daniela Vargas Has Finally Been Released

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On March 1st, DACA recipient Daniela Vargas made headlines when she was detained by ICE officials shortly after speaking publicly on her fears of deportation and the rights of immigrants. Only a few days earlier, Vargas’ father and brother were picked up by ICE officials. The Mississippi native was born in Argentina, but at the age of seven, she came with her parents and brother in search of a better life.

On Friday, authorities released 22-year-old Vargas, who was being held at the La Salle Detention Facility in Louisiana.


NBC reports that Karen Tumlin, the legal director of the National Immigration Law Center, worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center to secure Vargas’ release. The civil rights organizations argued in their petition that Vargas was targeted in “retaliation” for exercising her first amendment rights, and her detention was a violation of her first and fifth amendment rights.

In a statement, Tumlin gave an update on Vargas’ condition, saying, “After a long nearly two weeks in detention, Daniela Vargas is on her way back to her family and her community in Mississippi. This is a day, at least it is a moment, for celebration in what has been a terrifying set of months for the immigrant community and their families.”

Though Vargas has been released, she will remain under supervision.


The New York Times reports that Vargas was released by ICE officials under an order of supervision. The specifics of the order have not been released, but Vargas will likely have to check in with the nearby ICE offices in Mississippi.

As of today, Vargas remains susceptible to deportation, but Karen Tumlin remains optimistic, saying:

Dany’s case shows that when a community fights back, we win. The truth, though, is that Dany should never have been detained in the first place. President Trump’s mass deportation force is ensnaring folks like Dany, causing chaos and breaking apart communities. We will continue to fight for justice for Dany and for others like her.

READ: She Spoke At A Press Conference About Her Family Being Detained And Was Picked Up By ICE

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Here's Why This Colombian Garbage Collector Is Known As The 'Lord Of Books' In Bogotá

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Here’s Why This Colombian Garbage Collector Is Known As The ‘Lord Of Books’ In Bogotá

From the Garbage to the BookshelfA garbage collector in Colombia has his own library for children. All the books come from the trash.

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The “Lord of Books” is making sure children have access to books.

José Alberto Gutiérrez has been collecting books for 20 years as a garbage collector in Bogotá, Colombia. Gutiérrez might only have a second-grade education but that hasn’t stopped him from recognizing the importance of literacy for the future of Bogota’s disadvantaged youths. According to AP, Bogotá, a city of more than 8 million people has 19 public libraries but they are all located far away from the poorer neighborhoods in the city. The lack of access for children’s books in Gutiérrez’s own neighborhood in south Bogotá convinced him to open his own library from the rescued books he has collected. Gutiérrez credits his love and interest in books to his mother reading to him even though she was not able to afford to keep him in school.

“The first book that I found was ‘Anna Karenina’ by Leo Tolstoy,” Gutiérrez told AJ+. “And that little book set the flame and this snowball that has never stopped rolling.”

This man is legit the Robin Hood of books in Bogotá.

Since finding that first book, Gutiérrez has collected more than 20,000 books.

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These books were turned into a library filling every room in his house, according to AJ+. The name of the library, The Strength Of Words, of course.

The children in Gutiérrez’s neighborhood are allowed in every weekend to browse, read, and open their minds to new worlds.

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“This should be in all neighborhoods, on each corner of every neighborhood, in all the towns, in all departments, and all the rural areas,” Gutierrez told AP. “Books are our salvation and that is what Colombia needs.”

Gutiérrez doesn’t see himself as a savior. Instead, he sees himself as a bridge for children in poor neighborhoods in Colombia.

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READ: This Boricua Is Bringing An Indie Bookstore To Her Neighborhood Of 1.4 Million

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