13 Latino Celebrities Who Are Naturalized Citizens

On September 17, we celebrate Constitution and Citizenship Day, a day to commemorate and recognize those who have become naturalized citizens. 

These 13 celebrities may not have been born in the United States, but they have embraced this country as their own and become naturalized citizens:

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Camila Alves

Matthew McConaughey's wife Camila Alves became a naturalized citizen in August 2015. The Brazilian-American bombshell shared a picture on Instagram with her husband and their three children at the courthouse. "It is with great pride and honor that I am happy to say I now hold an American passport," she wrote. "I have so much respect and appreciation for this country... #newUScitizen." 

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Carolina Herrera

The Venezuelan-born fashion designer became a US citizen in 2009 after living in the country for 28 years. After the naturalization ceremony, she gave a heartfelt account of the process, "I have been here for many years, and I love this country very much. I love New York and everything about America. It was very emotional for me."

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Salma Hayek

The Mexican actress admitted to V Magazine Spain that she spent some time as an undocumented citizen in the United States due to visa difficulties. "I was an illegal immigrant in the United States," she said. "It was for a small period of time, but I still did it." Hayek has since become a naturalized citizen 
 

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Desi Arnaz

The I Love Lucy actor moved to the United States from Cuba in the 1930s, and he eventually became a U.S. citizen.

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Carlos Santana

The legendary guitarist was born in Jalisco, Mexico, but he later moved San Francisco. The musician has been a naturalized citizen since 1965.

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Isabel Allende

The award-winning author of The House of the Spirits has roots all over world, but she eventually settled down in the United States.  She was born in Lima, Peru, but has lived in Chile, Bolivia, Lebanon, and Venezuela. She moved to the United States after falling in love with a California attorney, and she became a citizen in 1993.

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Albert Pujols

The first baseman for the Los Angeles Angels has roots in the Dominican Republic. He moved to the U.S. in 1996, and became a citizen in 2007. He even scored a perfect 100 on his citizenship test.

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Anthony Quinn

The late Academy Award-winning actor was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, but crossed the border to the United States when he was a child. In 1947, the actor, whose full name is Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca, became a U.S. citizen.

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Gloria Estefan

The Grammy Award-winning performer was born in Havana, Cuba, but her family fled as a result of the Cuban Revolution. Estefan is now a naturalized citizen, and in 1993, she won the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor for her contributions to immigrant communities.

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Thalia

The singer, published author, actress, and businesswoman was born in Mexico City. She became a U.S. citizen in 2006, but still retains her Mexican citizenship.

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Andy Garcia

The Cuban actor was born in Havana, but moved to Miami when he was five years old. He later became a naturalized citizen, and in 2008, he was recognized as an Outstanding American by Choice by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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Cesar Millan

The Dog Whisperer was born in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, but he crossed the border without a visa when he was 21 years old. In 2009, Milan became a naturalized citizen. "This is the ultimate culmination of living the American dream," he said.

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Charo

The "Cuchi Cuchi Girl" is originally from Spain, although the flamboyant actress and singer has been a naturalized citizen since 1977.