And on cue, the New York Times balloons this farce into the family tragedy of the century. See, "After Immigration Arrests, Online Outcry, and Release":
"When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty" #istandwitherika #WeAreAndiola #SomosAndiola #RealTalk twitter.com/maria4az/statu…
— Maria Castro (@maria4az) January 11, 2013
PHOENIX — Immigration agents arrested the mother and brother of a prominent activist during a raid at her home here late Thursday, unleashing a vigorous response on social media and focusing new attention on one of the most controversial aspects of the Obama administration’s policies on deportation.Well, the young woman's working the system like old time political pro. And that Twitter mob is downright freaky. Look at that stuff: #WeAreAndiola. At least they're not hiding the total open-borders radicalism:
The agents knocked on Erika Andiola’s door shortly after 9 p.m., asking for her mother, Maria Arreola.
Ms. Arreola had been stopped by the police in nearby Mesa last year and detained for driving without a license. Her fingerprints were sent to federal immigration officials as part of a controversial program called Secure Communities, which the Obama administration has been trying to expand nationwide.
That routine check revealed that Ms. Arreola had been returned to Mexico in 1998 after she was caught trying to illegally cross the border into Arizona with Erika and two of her siblings in tow. As a result, she was placed on a priority list for deportation.
After being seized on Thursday, she could have been sent back to Mexico in a matter of hours, but Obama administration officials moved quickly to undo the arrests. Officials had been pressured by the robust response from advocates — through phone calls, e-mails and online petitions, but primarily on Twitter, where they mobilized support for Ms. Andiola, a well-known advocate for young illegal immigrants, under the hashtag #WeAreAndiola.
The reaction offered the Obama administration a taste of what it might expect when it gets into the thick of the debate over an immigration overhaul, which Congress is expected to tackle this year. President Obama has already been under harsh criticism for the number of illegal immigrants deported since he took office — roughly 400,000 each year, a record unmatched since the 1950s.
Ms. Andiola, 25, posted a tearful video on YouTube shortly after her mother and brother were handcuffed and driven away. “I need everybody to stop pretending that nothing is wrong,” she said in the video, “stop pretending that we’re all just living normal lives, because we’re not. This could happen to any of us anytime.”
She is the co-founder of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, one of the groups pushing for a reprieve for immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children, as she was. She has been arrested while camped in front of Senator John McCain’s office here, protested outside the United States Capitol, and appeared on the cover of Time magazine in June under the headline, “We are Americans — just not legally.”
In November, Ms. Andiola got a work permit under a program begun by the Obama administration last year that gives certain young illegal immigrants temporary reprieve from deportation. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2009.
"The same President who was forced to stop deporting DREAMers must stop deporting our families too." bit.ly/WLu78Q #WeAreAndiola
— UnitedWeDream.org (@UNITEDWEDREAM) January 12, 2013
DREAM's a lawbreaker's scam. Erika Andiola is living proof.
Back over at the New York Times, it turns out there's a chance that Ms. Andiola's mom could still get the boot back to Mexico. No worries though. Her daughter has more pull than an old-line PRI boss in Mexico City. No doubt the goons at immigration enforcement will be going easy on these folks, lest old Eric Holder bring down some bureaucratic heat. Those DREAMers are working the president like a Stradivarius.