Fernandomania has made its way to the White House as former Los Angeles Dodgers great Fernando Valenzuela was appointed Presidential Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization on Thursday.
The legendary left-hander was appointed by President Barack Obama as part of a new campaign, Stand Stronger, which promotes citizenship and naturalization for eligible immigrants and refugees and aims to break down the barriers and hurdles that these immigrants and refugees face in obtaining citizenship.
Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten congratulated Valenzuela for his honor and shared believes he will serve America country well. “We congratulate one of the greatest Dodger icons, Fernando Valenzuela, on his White House appointment,” he said. “Fernandomania was a special time in Los Angeles and all across Major League Baseball. He is a great American and will serve our country well as an ambassador.”
In his role, Valenzuela will work with the White House along with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to encourage rights and opportunities for citizenship. He joins three other ambassadors who look to contribute to the Stand Stronger campaign which include chef José Andrés, actress Diane Guerrero and singer Dave Matthews.
The campaign encourages citizenship under the theme of planting and growing roots into the country which would unlock opportunities for new American citizens.
After living in the United States for 36 years, Valenzuela himself became an American citizen in July, and embarks on a new journey in his illustrious career that include becoming a World Series champion, a broadcaster and now a Presidential Ambassador.