In a ceremony in Irving on Friday, Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus officially became a U.S. citizen.
He made the announcement via Instagram with a photo of himself posing next to a replica of the Statue of Liberty, while holding his citizenship certificate and a miniature American flag.
In the social media post, Andrus wrote, “I will always be proud of where I came from and I am humbled where my journey has taken me. I’ve learned so much in this journey to U.S. citizenship. I’m thankful and grateful for the rights and freedoms of Americans and will never take that for granted. And I will never forget we’re (sic) everything started #thanksgod #venezuelanamerican.”
Born in Maracay, Venezuela, Andrus moved to Kissimmee, Florida in 2005 at the age of 15 before signing with the Atlanta Braves at 16. At age 25, he received his residency card, and now, as of Friday, he officially became a U.S. citizen at age 30.
Andrus is the fourth member of his immediate family to become a U.S. citizen. His wife, Cori, was originally born in Venezuela before becoming a naturalized citizen. The couple’s two children, born in 2017 and 2018, were both born in the United States.
Andrus is a two-time American League All-Star who has played for the Rangers since 2007.
Andrus flew to Texas on Thursday in order to be present at Friday’s ceremony. Following the ceremony, he flew back to California in time to play in Friday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics.
After the ceremony, Andrus said regarding his American citizenship, “The journey has been amazing. Today is a day always to remember.”
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Sarah McConnell is a reporter for The Texan. Previously, she worked as a Cyber Security Consultant after serving as a Pathways Intern at the Department of Homeland Security – Citizenship and Immigration Services. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M as well as her Master of Public Service and Administration degree from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. In her free time, Sarah is an avid runner, jazz enthusiast, and lover of all things culinary.