Pascal’s Story

PascalPascal is a 66-year-old man who originally came to the United States as a refugee from Burundi. Because of a learning disability made worse by living through Burundi’s ethnic warfare, Pascal was unable to learn to read or write in English. As a refugee and then a Lawful Permanent Resident, Pascal relied on public benefits, particularly Medicaid, to survive. When he was 65, his Medicaid was unlawfully terminated because he was not a U.S. citizen. ABLE staff worked with Pascal to file an application for naturalization with a disability exception.

After two rounds of interviews with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service Field Office, Pascal’s application for the exemption was approved. He became a U.S. citizen and his benefits were reinstated.

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