July 19th, 2010
06:52 PM ET
4 years ago

106 year-old sworn in as U.S. Citizen

(CNN) - The journey was long for Ignacia Moya, but on July 19, at the age of 106, she was finally able to attain a dream that she has been working toward for years: becoming a citizen of the United States.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, assisted Moya in her quest to attain citizenship.

At the Chicago ceremony where Moya was sworn in, Gutierrez said she had two reasons for wanting to be a citizen.


"She said because all of her children were U.S. citizens, and she wanted to be just like them." Gutierrez said.

Moya's second reason, according to Gutierrez, was to "do something she hasn't been able to do in 106 years, and that is vote in an election in the United States."

Moya was originally denied citizenship because her English was not good enough to pass the civics and language exams. However, Moya recently received a waiver due to hearing and eyesight impairments.

When she was administered the oath of citizenship on Monday, Moya told the clerk, "Accepto," over cheers and applause from her family.

–CNN's Jeff Simon contributed to this report


Filed under: Immigration • Luis Gutierrez
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Malt

    106 - wow.

    And legally.

    July 19, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. Cynthia - Arkansas

    WOW! And to think we have people walking around howling about how terrible everything is here. Maybe those people need to go to another country and they MIGHT appreciate what they have a little more.

    Congratulations and welcome aboard.

    July 19, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. Bill Richardson

    Now THAT is cool...

    July 19, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. thor

    It's a moving story about this 106 year young lady wanting to be a citizen.However ,that lowlife Luis Gutierrez is someone that i would like to revoke his citizenship and send him packing along with several million illegals inthis great country.He used this little lady for political reasons and the media was an accomplice !!!!

    July 19, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. Charlie in Maine

    Congrats. Good for you. Stay awy from Arizona.

    July 19, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |