Neil Young Becoming An American Citizen

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After living more than half a century in the U.S., Neil Young has decided it’s time to become a citizen.

“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,” the Canadian singer-songwriter told the Los Angeles Times.

Born in Toronto, Young moved to Winnipeg as a boy. Music took him to Los Angeles, where he lived for several years before he obtained residency in 1970.

Young said he hopes to have U.S. citizenship shortly after his 74th birthday next month.

“I'll be able to vote,” said Young, who cited government inaction on the climate "emergency" as a motivator.

The musician, who was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2009, has no intention of turning his back on his birthplace.

“I'm still a Canadian; there's nothing that can take that away from me,” he told the Times. “But I live down here; I pay taxes down here; my beautiful family is all down here — they’re all Americans.”

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