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ICE says activist’s role didn’t spur mom’s arrest

In this Aug. 15, 2012 file photo, young immigrant Erika Andiola, of Mesa, Ariz., poses for a portrait at a site where people line up to get guidance on a new federal program, called Deferred Action, that would help them avoid deportation in Phoenix, Arizona. The mother and a brother of Andiola were arrested Thursday evening, Jan. 10, 2013 at the family's Phoenix-area home. Andiola says ICE agents said there was a long-pending deportation order for her mother. The brother was released early Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, while the mother was transported to an immigration detention center in Florence. Another brother says the family has been told by the Mexican consulate in Mexico that the mother would be released after being returned to Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

In this Aug. 15, 2012 file photo, young immigrant Erika Andiola, of Mesa, Ariz., poses for a portrait at a site where people line up to get guidance on a new federal program, called Deferred Action, that would help them avoid deportation in Phoenix, Arizona. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Federal immigration officials say they’re releasing the mother of an immigration activist after the mom and another relative were arrested at the family’s Phoenix-area home.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it did not target the relatives of activist Erika Andiola because of her role with the Dream At Coalition.

Andiola says ICE agents said there was a long-pending deportation order for her mother but that she questions whether that actually prompted the arrest.

The mother and a brother of Andiola were arrested Thursday evening. The brother was released early Friday, while the mother was transported to an immigration detention center in Florence, Ariz.

Another brother says the family has been told by the Mexican consulate in Mexico that the mother would be released after being returned to Phoenix.

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4 comments

  1. After coming in a 2nd time illegally there really should be no question that a person be sent back,Congress does need to deal w immigration ,for people who were drawn in by Bushs open border policy & by Clintons devastation of farm workers jobs in Mexico by Nafta.But total disregard for our laws by coming back after she was deported & driving w out a license shows willingness to only consider herself& not our laws.

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