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

Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:20 AM Updated: Jan 11, 2013 1:52 PM

PHOENIX (AP) - Federal immigration officials have released 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 Act 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 at the family home in Mesa.

The brother was released early Friday, while the mother was transported to an immigration detention center in Florence, Ariz.

Another brother says the mother was released in Phoenix on Friday after being returned there from Florence.

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