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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

The Presente.org Familia Was Attacked: Erika's Mother Could Be Deported At Any Moment

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

WATCH: Erika's Plea

Tell ICE To Let Her Family Stay!

Dear Friend,

Erika Andiola, who recently led Presente.org's election work, had her home in Arizona raided by ICE late last night. They took away her mother and her brother. Though quick social media action from people like you all across the country got them released, her mother is still in imminent danger of deportation at any moment.

Tell ICE to stop the deportation of Erika's mother and brother, now.

We saw a Facebook post from Erika late last night saying, "My house just got raided by ICE and they took my mom and my brother. They had no reason to do this!!"1 Since then, we've learned that Erika's mother could be deported at any moment under an "expedited order of removal."

"We need to do something, we need to stop separating families," Erika says through her tears in the powerful tearful video she posted moments after her mother and brother were detained. "This is real. This is so real."

Our best chance to keep Erika's family together is for thousands of us to stand with Erika, right now.

Tell ICE to stop the deportation of Erika's mother and brother, now

The first time I met Erika was in Carson Junior High School about 13 years ago. She was the same fearless leader, then, that I know today. Her mother is a brave, hard-working woman whose sole “mistake” was to cross a border to escape domestic violence and to give her children an opportunity to succeed. Her brother is a friend, a son and a father who has done nothing wrong but to work to support his children.

It isn't easy to be undocumented in Arizona. In the past we've lost scholarships and our freedom to drive without fear, but last night we lost our right to live in peace. I say we because her mother and brother are a part of our families. We are a community. We need you to be a part of that community, too.

Tell ICE to stop the deportation of Erika's mother and brother, now

Thanks and ¡adelante!

Erick, Roberto, Kyle and the rest of the Presente.org Team


1. Erika Andiola's Facebook Profile. Jan. 10, 2013.