CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Department of Justice Immigration judge has granted asylum to a Chicago woman who was brought illegally to the United States from Mexico as a child.
Lulu Martinez, 28, grew up in Portage Park and is a UIC student and graduated from Payton High School. She was brought to the U.S. illegally from Mexico when she was 3 years old.
Several years ago, she and several other young undocumented students presented themselves to border agents. That is when Martinez' request for asylum started.
Martinez was acknowledged as a "Chicagoan of the Year" for her work to help young undocumented people become citizens.
Friends and supporters rallied for her before the court hearing Wednesday.
Immigration judge grants asylum to woman named 'Chicagoan of the Year'