Nearly Impossible Trivia: John Lennon’s Immigration Battle
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Q: On this date in 1972, just five days after granting John Lennon an extension on his visa, the New York office of the U.S. Department of Immigration reverses its decision, cancels the extension, and begins deportation proceedings. The reason given for the cancellation and the denial of the extension was Lennon’s prior history of drug charges in the U.K. However, the decision and the deportation effort were, in fact, motivated by the Nixon Administration, who viewed Lennon and his anti-war views as a danger to the president’s credibility in continuing U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono fought the deportation in court and through the media, and at one point during a press conference in 1973 they declared the formation of their own country, a place with “no land, no boundaries, no passports, only people.” As citizens of this new “country”, Lennon and Ono petitioned the U.S. government for political asylum. What was the name of the country that John Lennon and Yoko Ono formed as part of their efforts to derail Lennon’s deportation by the U.S. government?
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