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Arizona immigration activist confronts congressman about DACA vote

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A former ASU student and dream activist confronted an Iowa congressman about his vote to end the deferred action for childhood arrivals program.

That video has become popular online and what Senator Rand Paul was seen doing in the background has made headlines.

The ASU grad was in Iowa organizing other dream activists when they found out a GOP congressman was having a fundraiser with Senator Rand Paul. The group decided to confront the congressman about his vote, but what really caught people's attention is Rand Paul.

It's an encounter between Phoenix immigration activist Erika Andiola and staunch anti-illegal immigration congressman Steve King; it was caught on tape and the video has made national news.

"This morning I flew out of Iowa and turned on my phone and realized this video had more than 100,000 views, it was all over the news," said Erika Andiola.

Andiola was brought into the United States illegally as a child. Congressman King wants to end the program that allows her to stay in the country.

"I wanted really to talk to him, and for him to see someone actually affected who is a dreamer, so it happened that I had my deferred action card with me," said Andiola.

She asked the congressman to tear up her DACA card. "And I know you want to get rid of DACA, so I want you the opportunity to get rid of it, just rip mine," she said.

He declined.

"It really saddens me that people can come into this country, violate American laws, you keep your card, I don't do individual policy, I do national policy for everyone," said Congressman King.

In the background of the video, Senator Rand Paul can be seen leaving as Andiola introduces herself.

"One of the small details, but the fact Rand Paul ran away as soon as I said I was a dreamer, he wants to run for President, yet he doesn't want to touch the issue of immigration with people who are undocumented," said Andiola.

Paul told FOX News that he simply got up to do another interview. Andiola says, looking back; she's thankful King didn't actually rip up her DACA card.

"In Arizona we cannot get a drivers license, so I fly with that, so if he would have ripped it up I would have been stuck in Iowa for some time. I wanted to see what he would do with it, I didn't think about it," she said.

Andiola says she hopes her actions inspire others to stand up to Congressmen like King. She says friends of hers have expressed interest in approaching their congressional representatives about their votes.
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