ICE says activist’s role didn’t spur mom’s arrest
Published: January 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm
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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