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DREAM Activist Erika Andiola Says Mom and Brother Taken Into Custody by ICE (w/UPDATES)

Andiola's tearful account of the arrest of her mom and brother

Nationally-known Arizona DREAM Activist Erika Andiola has reported that her mother and brother were arrested last night at their home by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Above is Andiola's tearful recounting of the raid on her dwelling.

See also: -DREAM Activist Erika Andiola Says Mom Was Racially-Profiled, Mesa PD Denies Claim So far, ICE has not responded to my request for a comment.

There is an update from a friend of Erika's on her Facebook page, which states that, "a few minutes ago ICE confirmed removal has been stayed and the agency is reexamining the case."

This may refer to Andiola's mother. In a release announcing a telephonic press conference with Andiola in about an hour, the organization United We Dream had this to say:

"Late last night, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided the home of of Arizona DREAM leader Erika Andiola and detained her mother, Maria Arreola, and her brother, Heriberto Andiola Arreola. Although Heriberto has been released from detention, Erika's mother faces deportation at any moment. Erika and her family are leaders within the immigrants' rights community, and ICE's action has shocked DREAMers and their family members across the country."

Indeed, Andiola is the co-founder of the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, and the recipient of many awards for her heroic activism. Her story was actually read into the Congressional Record in July by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.

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