106-year-old Ignacia Moya has always dreamed of voting in a U.S. election. Yesterday, she took one giant step closer to achieving her dream as she took the oath of citizenship in Chicago. This has makes her one of the oldest people ever to become a U.S. citizen.
Moya immigrated from Mexico in the 1960’s and had previously applied for citizenship in the 1980’s but did not pass the exams because of her limited English. She also suffers from failing eyesight and hearing, which immigration officials say made it difficult for her to learn English. For this reason, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services granted her a waiver for the test.
Her daughter, son, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren surrounded Moya as she accepted the rights and responsibilities that come with citizenship. She also got an application to register to vote.
“She did want to become a citizen. She did talk about that. And now she is,” said George Bojorquez, Moya’s great grandson.
Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL),who helped the family secure the waiver, presented Moya with a flag that has flown over the Capitol dome.
In order to obtain her citizenship, Moya had to pass a criminal background check. She is now the oldest naturalized citizen of the United States.