CNN faced backlash from some viewers on Sunday night when it sent out a tweet asking whether journalist Jose Antonio Vargas should be deported, or allowed to remain in the United States.
Vargas, a former Washington Post reporter and Huffington Post editor, revealed in 2011 that he is undocumented in a New York Times Magazine article. CNN aired "Documented," a documentary about his decision to reveal his status and his experience speaking to other undocumented immigrants, on Sunday.
On Sunday night, the network tweeted,
The question drew responses to the poll, as well as criticism from viewers.
BuzzFeed noted that CNN and Vargas later defended the question posed in the tweet, which they said is critical to the film and the debate about immigration. Others, however, did not feel the same way about CNN's approach:
— natalie baur (@nataliembaur) June 30, 2014
— Erin (@sqwerin) June 30, 2014
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) June 30, 2014