Neil Young is officially a U.S. citizen, according to TMZ and the Neil Young Archives. Celebrating the citizenship, Young wrote, “I’m happy to report I’m in‼️ 🇺🇸vote your conscience🇨🇦.” Check out his announcements below.
The Canadian icon recently outlined his reasons for wanting to become a U.S. citizen in an interview with the Los Angeles Times’ Randy Lewis. “I live down here; I pay taxes down here; my beautiful family is all down here—they’re all Americans, so I want to register my opinion,” he said. Young has long been an outspoken critic of U.S. politics. His album Living With War included a song about George W. Bush called “Let’s Impeach the President.” He is not a fan of Trump, either.
Young was originally scheduled to become a U.S. citizen on November 12, however the process was delayed due to the artist’s history of marijuana use. “When I recently applied for American citizenship, I passed the test,” Young wrote on the Neil Young Archives on November 8. “Recently however, I have been told that I must do another test, due to my use of marijuana and how some people who smoke it have exhibited a problem.”
According to Young’s post, the delay of his citizenship was caused by a USCIS-issued Policy Alert which includes the following language: “An applicant who is involved in certain marijuana related activities may lack GMC (Good Moral Character) if found to have violated federal law even if such activity is not unlawful under applicable state or foreign laws.” Find Young’s original post on the matter here.
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