(Prominent “DREAMer” activist Erika Andiola in a March 2013 photo. She says she must leave her job to fight her mother’s deportation. (AP Photo/Nick Ut))

Activist leaves Capitol Hill job to fight mother’s deportation

A congressional staffer whose mother is in deportation proceedings announced she is quitting her work on Capitol Hill to help her mother in her immigration case.

Erika Andiola, who has been active in the immigration reform movement, scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to announce her departure from the staff of Rep. Krysten Sinema, D-Ariz. She said in a statement she plans to leave her Capitol Hill job to focus on fighting her mother’s deportation.

“After a short time a a congressional staffer _ during the push to bring millions of people out of the shadows in the U.S. _ I am now needed most as a daughter to my mother,” she said in a statement issued Tuesday.

Andiola was very involved with young immigrants who are in the country illegally and have grown up in the U.S., known as DREAMers. She was on the cover of TIME magazine that featured Jose Antonio Vargas with several other youth not legally in the country.

Her mother, Guadalupe Arreola, 55, was at her home in June where Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers showed up to arrest her. According to Andiola’s website, her mother has to return to ICE Jan 2.

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