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

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Stockton, UT

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.

Springville, UT

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

CA. reader
Rocklin, CA

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.

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

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.

Salt Lake City, UT

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

Temecula, CA

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.

Ak Fan
Hamburg, GE

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

South Weber, UT

. 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 !!!

East Elmhurst, NY

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..

East Elmhurst, NY


Northport, NY

why didn't andrea wait another 10 years ?

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