Fifty-four years after illegally crossing the U.S. border in a Pontiac hearse, Neil Young has become an American citizen.
“I’m happy to report I’m in!” the Canadian-born musician wrote on his website after months of struggle to obtain his dual citizenship. Young explained to fans that the process had been delayed because of the “good moral character” provision on the immigrant application — meaning he admitted to smoking weed.
“I want to be a dual citizen and vote,” Young, who’s a Canadian citizen, explained in a Nov. 8 post titled “I Have Been Very Successful in My Life.” “When I recently applied for American citizenship, I passed the test. It was a conversation where I was asked many questions. I answered them truthfully and passed.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Young and his wife, actress Daryl Hannah, obtained his naturalization documents at the Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles. He celebrated in a video on his Instagram, singing “I’m proud to be a Canarican” in the tune of “God Bless the U.S.A.” while waving around miniature American and Canadian flags.
Young continued: “The problem is defined in an April 19, 2019 addition under Attorney General Sessions. USCIS issued a Policy Alert which includes: ‘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 of foreign laws.'”
Neil Young: I won’t close the door on CSN&Y reunion
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“Crosby should write an introspective book: Why People Won’t Talk to Me Anymore,’” Young told AARP in a recent interview. “He made a lot of great music for a long time. I don’t know what happened with David. I got nothing to say. I love Stephen [Stills]. I love Graham [Nash]. … If a reunion happens, it would be a surprise. I won’t close the door on anything. I can hold a grudge with the best of them but only if there’s a reason for it.”
He noted that he was in good health for hitting the road, ascribing much of his current condition to wife Daryl Hannah. “I’m trying to take care of myself,” the 73-year-old said. “Daryl’s a big help. She’s very health-oriented, which I never have been. Now I’m walking, swimming. Maybe tomorrow morning I’ll be stand-up paddling. I lost between 30 and 35 pounds in six months. Nice that I don’t have to carry that around anymore.”