Agents take mother of immigration activist in night home raid,By Cindy Y. Rodriguez and Janet DiGiacomo, CNN, updated 4:19 PM EST, Sat January 12, 2013CNN) — Erika Andiola spent hours Friday speaking to immigration officials to keep her own mother in the country. She prevented her deportation in the nick of time.
The prominent immigration rights activist has routinely visited immigration offices on the behalf of others, "but this is the first time I have been here for my own mother", she said.
Thursday night, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers raided Andiola`s Pheonix, Arizona, home and took away her mother, Maria Minerva Guadalupe Arreola, to deport her to Mexico.
Andiola is president and founder of the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, which supports legislation to allow the children of undocumented migrants to attain documented status. The acronym stands for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors.
The family`s lawyer Jose Panelosa told CNN affiliate KTVK that Arreola was on a bus headed to the border when the decision to release her was made.
"Fifteen minutes into the ride, there was a phone call to the bus and the driver took the call and spoke to the other agents, and turned the bus around", he said.
Arreola was released in Florence, Arizona, he said.[More]