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Mother of immigrant rights leader won't be deported

PHOENIX -- Federal immigration officials said they're releasing the mother of an immigration activist after the mother and another relative were arrested at the family's Phoenix-area home.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement also said it did not target the relatives of activist Erika Andiola because of her role with the DREAM Act Coalition.

Andiola said ICE agents said there was a long-pending deportation order for her mother but that she questioned whether that prompted the arrest.

The mother and a brother of Andiola were arrested Thursday evening. The brother was released early Friday, while the mother was transported to an immigration detention center in Florence.

Another brother said the family has been told by the Mexican consulate in Mexico that the mother would be released after being returned to Phoenix.

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