Marlins’ Jose Fernandez Becomes U.S. Citizen

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s a big day for Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.

The 22-year-old, who defected from Cuba in 2008, is now an American citizen.

“Every day when I wake up and I look around me and I know that I’m free—that’s a dream,” Fernandez said Friday.

Fernandez, long with 140 South Florida residents, became a citizen during a special ceremony held by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Click here to watch Michael Cugno’s report. 

Fernandez gave two tickets to a game to those who were becoming citizens on Friday.

The news came courtesy of a press release from the USCIS Kendall Field Office Thursday:

On Friday, April 24, 2015, USCIS will hold a special citizenship ceremony where Marlins’ pitcher, Jose Fernandez, will become America’s newest U.S. citizen. Hernandez, a native of Cuba will also be the keynote speaker during the event…

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