GOVERNMENT DOLE WATCH: Southern California Woman Obtains US Citizenship Despite No Ability to Read, Write, Speak English
A woman living in Southern California has obtained United States citizenship even though she has no ability to read or write in any language, and does not know any English.
Jovita Mendez, an immigrant from Mexico, proudly announced in Spanish to NBC San Diego her achievement of obtaining U.S. citizenship.
“I didn’t think that I would be able to accomplish this, but I did it,” Mendez told NBC in Spanish. “I did it because my kids are here. They told me I needed to do this for myself, to have a future here.”
“I don’t know how to read, I don’t know how to write,” Mendez admitted.
Mendez is not a new arrival to the U.S. The Southern California woman has lived in the U.S. for 20 years, but says her inability to speak any English and to read or write previously held her back from obtaining citizenship.
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