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Dodger Fernando Valenzuela as a New U.S. Citizen

LOS ANGELES – This morning, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) welcomed Dodgers broadcaster and legendary baseball pitcher Fernando Valenzuela as a new U.S. citizen in downtown L.A. Valenzuela raised his right hand and took the Oath of Allegiance with nearly 8,000 Angelenos hailing from more than 130 countries.

“Naturalization is a tremendous benefit of our nation’s immigration system and we are both privileged and honored to welcome Fernando Valenzuela, a Dodgers icon, as a U.S. citizen,” said USCIS Los Angeles District Director, Susan M. Curda.

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Oath of Allegiance with nearly 8,000 Angelenos hailing from more than 130 countries. Photo by Gary McCarthy

Oath of Allegiance with nearly 8,000 Angelenos hailing from more than 130 countries.
Photos by Gary McCarthy

Valenzuela, a native of Etchohuaquila in Sonora, Mexico, now has the rights and privileges that come with U.S. citizenship such as the right to vote, serve on a jury, travel with a U.S. passport or become an elected official. Valenzuela, a L.A. cultural icon, first moved to the U.S. in 1979. His career in MLB, both as a player and broadcaster, spans more than three decades.

Valenzuela made his Major League debut in 1980 and became an international sensation in 1981 when he played a significant role in the Dodgers’ World Series championship.

For more information about immigration and the citizenship process, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/.

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