A Sign of the Times?: Rock Icon Neil Young to Become an American Citizen, Voice Political Opinions

A Sign of the Times?: Rock Icon Neil Young to Become an American Citizen, Voice Political Opinions

Friday, October 25, 2019

A Sign of the Times?: Rock Icon Neil Young to Become an American Citizen, Voice Political Opinions

 

Randy Lewis for the Los Angeles Times reports that rock music icon Neil Young will become a U.S. citizen.  A long time resident of the United States, Young is well-known for the political angle to his music.  As Lewis reports, 

“`I’ve passed all the tests; I’ve got my appointment, and if everything goes as planned, I’ll be taking the oath of citizenship’ shortly after turning 74 on Nov. 12. The salient point being, `I’ll be able to vote,’ said Young, who has lived roughly two-thirds of his life in the U.S. since arriving in Los Angeles in the mid-’60s and first making his mark on the rock ’n’ roll landscape with Buffalo Springfield.

`I’m still a Canadian; there’s nothing that can take that away from me,’ he said. . . . `But 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’ about this country.”

Young’s decision to become a citizen may be part of a more general trend among immigrants who want to participate politically through the ballot box.  As Matt Pearce reported earlier this week, “Over the last two decades, naturalized immigrants have grown into a force at the ballot box, with the United States recently swearing in more than 700,000 foreign-born U.S. citizens each year. . . . Naturalized citizens . . . cast more than 8% of the ballots in the 2018 midterm elections, almost double their share in the 1996 presidential contest, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.”

KJ

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Published at Fri, 25 Oct 2019 10:21:25 +0000