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The United States Immigration Agency turned down an application for US citizenship by a blind person after those responsible for the nationality test refused to provide an English-language sentence written in Braille for the blind.
Lucio Delgado, 23, who is blind and uses a baton to move from one place to another, applied for US citizenship after moving from Mexico to the United States six years ago.
He gave the officials of the Mexican nationality test a sheet printed with an English sentence in large size, but he was not able to read it because he was blind.
The US Citizenship and Immigration authorities asked Lucio Delgado, who is blind under Illinois state law, to bring a doctor’s certificate to prove his disability.
“Here, I would have been educated that I couldn’t get it in Mexico,” he said during an interview with CBS News at his home on a farm in Pembroke Township in Illinois, about 110 kilometers from Chicago.
After entering the citizenship test in May, the blind Mexican received a letter from the Nationality and Immigration Authority recently, stating that the authorities had rejected his application to acquire US citizenship.
“Unfortunately, you were unable to read a sentence in English, and we regret to inform you that you were also unable to obtain the required grades to pass the reading part of the citizenship test,” the letter said.
“I did not expect at all to have this level of dealing, it was a shock,” Delgado told the Washington Post.
He told CBS: “I was seeking to be an important person that my family is proud of here and there.”
The authorities asked the blind Mexican during the citizenship test to go to bring a doctor’s certificate proving that he was blind, but he could not afford it because he did not have health insurance coverage.
A spokesman for the US Citizenship and Immigration Service told the Washington Post that the agency began using Braille for reading blind tests last November, several months after Delgado entered the test.
The Mexican youth’s lawyer said that the American Commission had contacted him since his story was first published, to offer him another test date this month.