(Source: CBS 5 News) Erika Andiola, left, and her mother, Maria Arreola during an interview in September with CBS 5 News.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
An Arizona immigrant rights activist said her brother was told to distance himself from her after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detained him and their mother Thursday night.
Erika Andiola, leader of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, said her brother, Heriberto Andiola Arreola, was released by ICE early Friday morning, and that her mother, Maria Arreola, was still in custody.
They were taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials late Thursday night.
Amber Cargile, of ICE, confirmed that two "individuals" were detained but that one had been released.
"The other individual will be released imminently," Cargile said in a statement.
Cargile did not say which family member was released or detained, though Andiola confirmed her brother was released about 6 a.m.
Andiola said that while in custody, her brother noticed a package of documents with her profile, pictures and descriptions of her.
Andiola said her brother was told by ICE agents that they "know about your sister, we know what your sister does and you should get away from that."
Andiola said she wasn't sure what the agents meant, but believes she is possibly being targeted by ICE.
She said undercover agents came to her house about 9 p.m. Thursday and asked for her mother.
"We opened the door because they were undercover, and didn't find out they were Immigration until we opened the door,"Andiola said.
At that point, agents asked her mother to come outside and handcuffed her, Andiola said. She said they also asked her brother, who was outside talking with a neighbor, if he had identification on him and if he was an undocumented immigrant.
"He didn't want to respond, so they decided to take him," Andiola said.
Cargile maintained that agents did not target the individuals because of their family member's role with the Dream Act Coalition, and that their arrests were based on information from a prior arrest. The agency was not more specific about the reasons for the arrests.
"Although one individual had been previously removed from the country, an initial review of these cases revealed that certain factors outlined in ICE's prosecutorial discretion policy appear to be present and merit an exercise of discretion," Cargile said in the statement. "A fuller review of the cases is currently ongoing."
It was the second time in less than four months that Maria Arreola had an encounter with law enforcement.
She was detained by Mesa police officers on Sept. 22 after she was pulled over on suspicion of speeding. Maria Arreola, an admitted undocumented immigrant, did not have a driver's license.
Police said that as standard protocol, she was taken to the police station, where they were unable to find her name in the system. So they ran her through U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and ICE said to release her.
Her daughter claimed the stop was racially motivated.
Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News as this story develops.
Copyright 2013 KPHO Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.
Friday, April 18 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-04-19 00:20:57 GMT
A Tigard woman found guilty of murder for the death of her 4-year-old son was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. A jury found Jessica Dutro-Boggess, 25, guiltyMore >
A jury found Jessica Dutro-Boggess, 25, guilty on charges of murder, murder by abuse and assault earlier this month.More >
Friday, April 18 2014 10:12 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:12:08 GMT
An investigation into a two Nike employees accused of selling rare Nike shoes for their own financial gain led to a Florida man's arrest this week. A Washington County Sheriff's Office detective's affidavitMore >
An investigation into a Nike employee accused of stealing rare Nike shoes from the company's world headquarters and then selling them for his own financial gain led to the arrest of a Florida man.More >
Friday, April 18 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:24:49 GMT
A theft suspect is accused of forging TriMet passes, possibly more than a thousand of them. Transit police served a search warrant at the Central City Concern's Estate Motel, 225 N.W. Couch, on WednesdayMore >
Efren Escarsega Jr., 39, was arrested and charged with multiple counts of first-degree theft, theft by receiving and conspiracy to commit forgery.More >
Friday, April 18 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:55:01 GMT
A priest known as Father Isidore who was associated with the St. Anne Orthodox Church in Corvallis has been arrested on child pornography charges. Albany police said Stanley Brittain, aka Father Isidore,More >
Albany police detectives say they found evidence of child porn when they raided a home yesterday morning.More >
Friday, April 18 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:42:29 GMT
An 18-year-old was killed and a boy was critically injured in a car crash in Independence. Police were called to the scene on Stryker Road at around 5 p.m. Thursday. Investigators said a Dodge DurangoMore >
An 18-year-old was killed and a boy was critically injured in a car crash in Independence.More >
Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-04-17 02:51:53 GMT
A Portland police officer was wounded and his K-9 partner is missing following a shootout with a suspect in southwest Portland.The officer survived the shooting and he's in "very good spirits" while recoveringMore >
An officer was shot in the legs and his K-9 partner was killed during a confrontation with a burglary suspect in Portland. More >
Saturday, April 19 2014 1:41 AM EDT2014-04-19 05:41:59 GMT
Four people were taken to the hospital after police said a car ran a red light and slammed into the outdoor eating area of a McDonald's restaurant in Longview. It happened a little before 3 p.m. More >
Four people were taken to the hospital after police said a car ran a red light and slammed into the outdoor eating area of a McDonald's restaurant in Longview.More >
Friday, April 18 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:05:06 GMT
Police said a lengthy multi-agency investigation led to a traffic stop and the discovery of methamphetamine hidden in a car, as well as a meth lab at a Salem home. Police said a 2002 Subaru Impreza drivenMore >
Police said a lengthy multi-agency investigation led to a traffic stop and the discovery of methamphetamine hidden in a car, as well as a meth lab at a Salem home.More >
Saturday, April 12 2014 6:07 AM EDT2014-04-12 10:07:09 GMT
An incredible photo snapped Saturday at the iconic Pipeline on Oahu's North Shore is going viral. A mother humpback whale and her calf were cruising just offshore when a set rolled in. J.T. Gray of NorthMore >
An incredible photo snapped Saturday at the iconic Pipeline on Oahu's North Shore is going viral.More >