2013 Chicagoan of the Year Faces Immigration Judge in Deportation Case this Wednesday
What: Press conference and rally outside Chicago Immigration Court ahead of immigration hearing in deportation case of immigrant rights organizer Lulú Martinez. Martinez was a 2013 Chicago Magazine Chicagoan of the Year and is a well known immigrant youth organizer in Chicago.
Why: Lulú Martínez arrived to the U.S. at the age of 3 and was raised in Chicago’s Northwest side neighborhood of Portage Park. As a national immigrant rights organizer, Lulú joined the National Immigrant Youth Alliance which organized a “Bring Them Home” campaign to reunite families separated by deportations under the Obama administration. As part of that effort, Lulú and eight other Dream Act eligible youth known as the “Dream 9” were detained at the US-Mexico border and placed in deportation proceedings. As a result of her involvement in the “Dream 9”, Lulú was named “Chicagoan of the Year” by Chicago Magazine in 2013.
Anticipating her court appearance, Martinez says, “Organizing with my community against the institutions and systems that harm us has shown me the power in pushing the limits and taking risks to defend our rights. In a few days I will face an immigration judge who will decide if I should be deported for standing up for my community, I hope that I will not be punished for organizing to keep families together.”
“Lulú Martinez is yet another immigrant rights activist who is have to fight her own deportation. She has a long history of fighting for our community, and we will make sure that our community is here to make sure she is able to stay home,” said Reyna Wences, OCAD Organizer and long-time friend of Martinez.