The illegal alien who was appointed on Wednesday to state office in California, was arrested in 2013 for attempting to renter the United States after “self-deporting” to Mexico.

Lizbeth Mateo was one of the “Dream 9,” a group of illegal alien “Dreamers” who were brought to the United States as children that protested U.S. immigration law by leaving the country and attempting to re-enter, also illegally.

The “Dream 9” — six of whom had already left the U.S. for Mexico — were detained at the U.S. border and held at the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona after attempting to cross the border while wearing academic caps and gowns.

According to Breitbart, “The ‘Dream 9’ — five women and four men — became a cause célèbre among amnesty activists. Thanks in part to the attention they generated, and the pressure their supporters put on the Obama administration, immigration officials let them return to the country.”

All members of the group applied for asylum in the U.S., claiming “credible fear of persecution or torture in their birth country,” although it was revealed that Mateo had returned to her hometown in Oaxaca and appeared alongside her relatives in photographs taken there.

“Just being here for a week with my family and seeing how happy they are and how excited they are, I think it’s worth it,” Mateo said.

Breitbart noted, “So Mateo, who calls herself a ‘Dreamer’ — one of those brought to the U.S. illegally ‘through no fault of their own,’ as President Barack Obama said — chose to repeat her parents’ illegal crossing. Instead of being punished and deported, she has been rewarded with a legal education, membership in the California State Bar, a career as an attorney, and elevation to state office.”

Mateo is the first illegal alien to be appointed to statewide office in California.