ICE says activist's role didn't spur mom's arrest - New York News

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

Posted: Updated:

PHOENIX (AP) - Federal immigration officials on Friday released the mother of an immigration activist, less than a day after the woman and another relative were arrested at the family's Phoenix-area home.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents "did not target" the relatives of activist Erika Andiola because of her role with the Dream Act Coalition, the agency said in a statement provided to The Associated Press.

ICE officials also said Andiola was released with an order of supervision, meaning she must check in periodically with the agency.

Andiola earlier said ICE agents told her that there was a long-pending deportation order for her mother, an immigrant from Mexico. Andiola questioned whether that actually prompted the arrest.

"They knew who I was and they know what I did," she said. "I'm really surprised that they came after my family because of the activism that I do."

The mother, Maria Arreola, 53, and a 35-year-old brother of Andiola were arrested Thursday evening at the family home in Mesa.

Family members said the brother, Heriberto Andiola, was detained because he refused to answer ICE agents' questions.

The daughter said agents asked for her mother.

"The minute she got close to the door, they handcuffed her and they took her," the daughter said.

Heriberto Andiola was released early Friday, while the mother was released Friday afternoon after being returned to Phoenix from an immigration detention center in Florence, Ariz.

Another brother, Angel Fernandez, said his mother told family members that she was on a bus to the border when the driver got a call and was told to return to Florence.

However, ICE officials said Friday that Maria Arreola was never on a bus to Nogales and she was returned to Phoenix from a staging area in Florence.

Before Maria Arreola was released, she was told she could remain in the United States for at least a year and might get a work permit, according to Fernandez. "She's pretty ecstatic right now," he said.

In releasing the relatives, ICE exercised its case-by-case discretion based on initial reviews, said ICE Press Secretary Barbara Gonzales, adding that "a fuller review of the cases is currently ongoing."

Immigration activists denounced the detentions, saying they showed a need for broad changes in immigration policy to end family separations.

"We cannot keep fixing this one worker, one family member at a time," said Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.

Related story: Breaking down the newly-proposed 'Achieve Act'

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Another company to give family free cruise

    Family of 5-year-old with cancer upset with cruise line

    Family of 5-year-old with cancer upset with cruise line

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:33:18 GMT
    A Long Island family is upset that a cruise line won't accommodate them after their five-year-old son had to have emergency surgery for cancer.  Nicolas Colucci and the rest of his family was supposed to go on a cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway on June 1, 2014.  On May 19 he ended up having to have surgery on his liver, gallbladder, diaphragm and lymph nodes after doctors found out he had a large cancerous tumor growing inside of his liver.
    A Long Island family is upset that a cruise line won't accommodate them after their five-year-old son had to have emergency surgery for cancer.  Nicolas Colucci and the rest of his family was supposed to go on a cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway on June 1, 2014.  On May 19 he ended up having to have surgery on his liver, gallbladder, diaphragm and lymph nodes after doctors found out he had a large cancerous tumor growing inside of his liver.
  • Jersey City swears in new firefighters

    Jersey City swears in new firefighters

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:23:09 GMT
    AP photoAP photo
    Jersey City has 26 new firefighters, including the city's first black woman to wear the uniform. Mayor Steven Fulop swore in the newest members of the department during a ceremony at City Hall on Friday. The city said the hiring was made possible by funds from a $6.9 million federal grant that was announced in January.
    Jersey City has 26 new firefighters, including the city's first black woman to wear the uniform. Mayor Steven Fulop swore in the newest members of the department during a ceremony at City Hall on Friday. The city said the hiring was made possible by funds from a $6.9 million federal grant that was announced in January.
  • New York suggests summer shutdown for Indian Point

    New York suggests summer shutdown for Indian Point

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:08 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:08:24 GMT
    A state agency is suggesting summer shutdowns at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in the New York suburbs. The idea is to protect migrating and spawning fish who might otherwise get sucked into the plant. Indian Point takes 2.5 billion gallons a day from the Hudson River to make steam and cool its two reactors.
    A state agency is suggesting summer shutdowns at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in the New York suburbs. The idea is to protect migrating and spawning fish who might otherwise get sucked into the plant. Indian Point takes 2.5 billion gallons a day from the Hudson River to make steam and cool its two reactors.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices