Since the White House has touted immigration reform as a "top priority" in 2013, the role of immigration enforcement has taken center stage. A report released earlier this week showed that spending on immigration enforcement outweighs the cumulative spending of all major federal criminal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
This particular case shows the human impact of immigration enforcement in a state best known for battles over the issue.
Andiola is also one of the more than 100,000 Dreamers to be approved for President Barack Obama's deferred action program, which allows undocumented young people to live in the U.S. without threat of deportation and apply for a work permit. In December, she posted a picture of her newly received Social Security card to Facebook, saying, "the nine digit magic number that has made my life impossible for such a long time has just arrived."
During the ordeal, Andiola posted updates on her Twitter account:
"My mother and my brother were taken from my house today right in front of me and my little brother by #ICE. Is this how it feels? #WTF," she tweeted in the early morning.
Updated: Jan. 11, 2013, 3:50pm EST