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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 11 2011 11:00 a.m. MST

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The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

That must be why he's been horrible the past few years. Studying for the test!

Maybe now that he has that off his back he can return to blocking shots, steals, and scoring. Stuff he hasn't done since he received his max contract 7 years ago...

We the People
Sandy, UT

Congrats to Andrei and his family. I am happy we can welcome legal immigrants to this nation and am proud they became citizens.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Andrei is my favorite player on the Jazz. I hope the Jazz keep them in Utah. Congrats. to both them. He's a class act.

Gillette, WY

Amen "We the People"!

Provo, UT

Congrats to AK and his family.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

So he didn't just come here illegally, stay here illegally, and justify it all as him helping his family?

I say muy bien AK

Sandy, UT

Congrats to AK and family. We're glad you're here.

Salt Lake City, UT

Good grief people, can we not stay on topic?

Congrats, Andre! A duel U.S. and Russian citizen? Who would have dreamed about that 30 years ago? Times have changed, and in this case, for the better.

Provo, UT

Congrats Andrei. Welcome to the sinking Obama ship.

Chuck Nunn
Logan, UT

Congratulations to the Kirilenkos. Andrei is one of the coolest guys on the planet, and to have him as a fellow U.S. citizen, for me, is just incredible.

Peace out from the Jazz Oracle!

Salt Lake City, UT

How many illigal immigrants make 17 million dollars a year even once, let alone the last 6 years? How many illigal immigrants wives are pop music sensations in their home country? Also note that Andrei has been in the country for 10 years. With that said congrats to And. It is nice that he likes the US enough to become a citizen.

Lehi, UT

Way to go AK! Congratulations! GO JAZZ!!

Somewhere in Time, UT

Welcome Andrei.

And don't worry about his country sinking. Even Obama can't destroy this country no matter how much he tries.

This is the home of freedom. We welcome those who are willing to come to our country legally and be good citizens.

Longmont, CO

It's pretty easy to get into the US when you have a job with an American company (Utah Jazz) making $17 million a year. Now try getting a VISA if you intend to come to America to find work as a Janitor ...

Congrats Andrei that is great news for you and your family.

Barack Obama
Phoenix, AZ

Congrats to AK and family. Keep studying the Constitution. Heaven knows nobody in DC does. Go Lakers!

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

My dream is that Chris B take the citizenship test, and gets deported...

Andrei, America is a great place, with a rich history, just like Russia. We welcome you, along with the other new citizens with open arms, and a wish that all that you can dream comes true.

Congratulations to you and your wife on this incredible day.

America is a great country, a beacon on the hill. Russia also has a great culture. How lucky you and your family are.

Good luck as you begin on your new journey!!!

Surfers Paradise, AU

I bet over half of our elected officials couldn't pass the citizenship test. Pasing that test should be a requirement to run for and accept any elected office.

Surfers Paradise, AU

All of our elected officials should have to take the citizenship test prior to running for office.

Congrats Andrei!

Anyone who thinks that he is an illegal because he was here 10 years prior to becoming a citizen is clueless about the process. As a legal resident, you must wait approximately 10 years before obtaining the opportunity to become a citizen. I had to do it, and so did my wife.

Captain L
Provo, UT

Congrats Andre, and welcome. Hope he wants to continue to live in Utah.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I am a college professor and have seen many of my international students become citizens. Unlike AK many of these people had to flee their native country because of "ethnic cleansing" and other horrible forms of persecution and found refuge in the U. S. of A. I always find myself getting somewhat choked up about it, and it never ceases to remind me that regardless of our many faults we have built a great and a generation nation that is strengthened by the many cultures that have come to these shores to build their lives and contribute to our society.

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