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Friday, April 24, 2015

Cuban-born Jose Fernandez becomes U.S. citizen

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, a native of Santa Clara, Cuba, become a U.S. citizen Friday and was the keynote speaker during the ceremony for 140 other South Florida residents.

“This is a dream that I’ve had since I was little, and actually achieving it is really amazing,” Fernandez said. “Having my family here and so much support from this amazing country, it’s really fantastic.”

The Marlins presented Fernandez with an American flag that had flown over the team’s stadium….

“This is one of my important accomplishments,” Fernandez said. “I’m an American citizen now—I’m one of them. I consider myself now to be free.”

The new citizens sworn in represented 22 different countries. They heard taped presentations from President Barack Obama and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who was born in Czechoslovakia and became a U.S. citizen in 1957.

Picture of the ceremony here.


 

 

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