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Utah Jazz: Andrei Kirilenko becomes U.S. citizen

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  • Rick Northport, NY
    Jan. 12, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    why didn't andrea wait another 10 years ?

  • NYJazzFan East Elmhurst, NY
    Jan. 12, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    *who

  • NYJazzFan East Elmhurst, NY
    Jan. 12, 2011 3:01 p.m.

    Congrats Andrei welcome to our great country full of wacky people who cant tell the difference between a terrible president - Bush - who attempted to sink our great country - and a decent man, Obama, who is successfully raising the ship back to where it was.. Man you people are ignorant.. Im not huge Obama fan but you people think it was better under Bush are pretty dumb..

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    Jan. 12, 2011 1:17 p.m.

    . We welcome those who are willing to come to our country legally and be good citizens.
    As opposed to having to press 1 on your phone call for English. The Blood suckers on our welfare system are not from Europe but from areas where they don't even want to or are to lazy to even try to speak the common language here. Evaluations should be made and a train built for the ' "return to sender " countries.
    I do not like having to walk into a public place and hear people speak a language that only they understand.Immigration needs to come with a price for the freedom they desire.
    I congratulate AK47 and Masha for learning , studying, and passing the citizenship exam.
    Now play some ball AK !!!

  • Ak Fan Hamburg, GE
    Jan. 12, 2011 10:03 a.m.

    I did not expect this one. Anyway good luck and God bless you and you family. Go AK

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Jan. 12, 2011 5:52 a.m.

    Congratulations, Andrei. Hard working Americans who read are good role models for our kids. And, of course, you are a remarkable athlete to watch. Good luck to you and your family.

  • chaliceman Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2011 12:33 a.m.

    Congratulations USA, you just got a new great citizen and family today!

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 11, 2011 8:14 p.m.

    Welcome to our new citizens! You did it the legal way and we are proud to hear you call yourself "an American!"

    When you are ready to vote in the next election, just look at your paycheck(s) and see which candidates want to take the money you work hard for, and which candidates want to let you keep it and spend it (or give it away) as you see fit.

  • CA. reader Rocklin, CA
    Jan. 11, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    For those of you who may want to know AK's probable route to US citizenship, this is how it probably went:

    He gets drafted by the Jazz. Being a foreign national, the Jazz file a petition for him based on his extraordinary job skills. This type of visa is temporary and he came as an employable non-immigrant.

    After a couple of years, the Jazz file a petition for AK for permanent residence based on his extraordinary skills. The petition would have covered his wife also.

    They become permanent residents for 5 years and then they were eligible to apply for US citizenship on their own. Their 2 children born here are US citizens. The adopted child came as a permanent resident but under current INS law the child became a US citizen the day that AK and his wife took the oath of citizenship, deriving citizenship as a minor legal resident, child of 2 newly naturalized citizens.

    Yes, most of the world would come here in a New York minute if they could because this is the only truly free nation on the earth. As long as we remember to be responsible it will stay that way.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Jan. 11, 2011 6:35 p.m.

    Congratulations Andrei!!! I wish you the best and thanks for thinking so much about America and respecting it so much to become a citizen.

  • Considering Stockton, UT
    Jan. 11, 2011 6:32 p.m.

    I congratulate him on receiving US citizenship. But I am concerned about any notion, legal or personal, of "dual citizenship." Unless something has changed, one required to become a naturalized citizen of this nation is to renounce all other political and national loyalties and allegiances.

    There are some significant rights and privileges that attach to US Citizenship. There are, in return, certain responsibilities; and one of those is to renounce all foreign loyalties.

    The only legally recognized dual citizens, I believe, are those who are dual citizen by birth. For example children of a US mother born to a foreign national father where both nations grant birthright citizenship.

    In such cases, I believe there is a requirement for the child to decide whether to retain US citizenship and renounce foreign citizenship, or to keep foreign citizenship and forfeit US citizenship sometime around age 18 or 21.

    No man can serve two masters and it is hard to imagine how a dual citizen could hope to give full fiety and loyalty to either nation, especially if, heaven forbid, armed conflict every erupted between the two nations.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Jan. 11, 2011 5:55 p.m.

    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.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Jan. 11, 2011 5:35 p.m.

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

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Jan. 11, 2011 4:47 p.m.

    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.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Jan. 11, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    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.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Jan. 11, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    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!!!

  • Barack Obama Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 11, 2011 4:02 p.m.

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

  • klepsydra Longmont, CO
    Jan. 11, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    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.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Jan. 11, 2011 3:41 p.m.

    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.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Jan. 11, 2011 3:34 p.m.

    Way to go AK! Congratulations! GO JAZZ!!

  • Noodlekaboodle Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2011 3:34 p.m.

    @NP
    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.

  • Chuck Nunn Logan, UT
    Jan. 11, 2011 2:32 p.m.

    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!

  • arsphd Provo, UT
    Jan. 11, 2011 2:23 p.m.

    Congrats Andrei. Welcome to the sinking Obama ship.

  • aljmac Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2011 2:13 p.m.

    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.

  • Motappin Sandy, UT
    Jan. 11, 2011 2:02 p.m.

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

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2011 1:39 p.m.

    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

  • Samwise Provo, UT
    Jan. 11, 2011 12:52 p.m.

    Congrats to AK and his family.

  • WYOREADER Gillette, WY
    Jan. 11, 2011 12:45 p.m.

    Amen "We the People"!

  • sherri Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 11, 2011 12:42 p.m.

    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.

  • We the People Sandy, UT
    Jan. 11, 2011 12:26 p.m.

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

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Jan. 11, 2011 12:14 p.m.

    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...