Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Leon Wildes, John Lennon and DACA

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"John Lennon and Yoko Ono were placed in deportation proceedings in 1972 by the Nixon Administration.  The reason for the urgency to remove him at the time, we later learned, was the fact that it was in 1972, that 18 to 21 year olds were first enabled to vote in U.S. national elections.  Lennon was advocating that we pull out of Vietnam and a great number of young people were listening.  Nixon was more anxious to continue our presence in Vietnam where he was sending 18 to 21 year olds off to war.  Senator Strom Thurmond suggested to Nixon that removing Lennon be “an appropriate counter measure.”  As part of Lennon’s defense in his deportation case, he claimed that there was a special program called “deferred action” which the INS often used as a discretionary tool to avoid removal of deportable aliens who had special humanitarian reasons for remaining.  The INS had denied such a program existed.  He filed suit under