Sun-Times: LGBTQ Dreamer given asylum

Lulu Martinez, 28, and her supporters rallied outside U.S. Immigration Court before a court hearing Wednesday on her request for amnesty status. Martinez, an immigration organizer, grew up in Chicago after being brought to the U.S. by her parents when she was three. (Mark Brown/Sun-Times)

CHICAGO — A Chicago LGBTQ activist was given asylum by a federal judge today, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

From the Sun-Times:

Lulu Martinez, 28, who was brought here by her parents at age 3, had faced possible deportation proceedings if not granted asylum.

But Judge Eva Saltzman said she was convinced sexual minorities face significant threats of violence in Mexico despite legal changes that included the sanctioning of same-sex marriage in Mexico City.

For individuals such as Martinez who are vocal about expressing their views, the dangers are even greater, Saltzman agreed.

The ruling was not final. The judge said she would issue a formal decision on May 1. A lawyer for the Department of Homeland Security, which opposed the grant of asylum, reserved the right to repeal.

The newspaper said the decision came one day after a federal judge in Washington, D.C. ruled that the Trump administration must accept Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals renewals.

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