Tania Contreras calls family members to tell them her 17-year-old daughter Maryori Urbina-Contreras has been granted asylum by a judge at Chicago Immigration Court Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Chicago. Maryori is one of 68,000 unaccompanied children who flooded across the southwest border of the United States, causing a humanitarian crisis in 2014. Fleeing gang violence in her home country of Honduras, Maryori travelled alone over 1,500 miles for several weeks in 2014 before reuniting with her mother Tania Contreras, who has been in the United States since 2001. In 2015, an immigration court judge postponed a final hearing for Maryori until today, when a Chicago Immigration Court judge granted her asylum. “I know that even though it’s not the country
where I was born, it’s a place that can be my home.”

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