In the words of rock legend Billy Idol, “It’s a nice day for a naturalization ceremony!” Holding an American flag in his hand, Idol has taken the oath and is now officially an American citizen.
PageSix says that Idol, born William Michael Albert Broad, took the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance on Wednesday, and it’s now official, Billy Idol is now an American rocker. The USCIS sent Idol best wishes.
“Congratulations on Billy Idol on becoming a #newUScitizen today in Los Angeles, CA.”
Idol moved to New York in the early 80s to launch his solo career and he has made the U.S. his home. At this time, Idol is about to launch a residency at Palms Casino Resort and Live Nation so that fans can come to hear all of his greatest hits and more.
The Daily Mail says that Idol was born in Stanmore, Middlesex in 1955, but made the move across the pond over 30 years ago. Idol moved from New York to Los Angeles but never made a full-time move back to the U.K. as his solo career was established and cemented in the United States. His residencies in Las Vegas have been well-received, and so the rocker has decided to make it official.
— USCIS (@USCIS) November 15, 2018
Billy Idol was able to tick off all of the boxes he needed to apply for citizenship, including being a green card holder for five years or more, being able to read and write in basic English, and being of “good moral character.”
Idol swore in a group ceremony “to support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
Conservative news source the Daily Caller is reporting that Billy Idol is showing the world the correct way to become an American citizen, linking it to an article called “Newly Minted Citizens Explain The Benefits Of Immigrating The Right Way: Legally.”
Other immigrants who have recently taken the oath, like Mamam Jalloh, from Sierra Leone longed to be an American citizen.
“I’m ready to defend the country and the Constitution. America is the best country. [I believe that] they (immigrants) should go through all the process and come here legally.”
She also believes that people should learn to read, write, and speak English (despite the fact that English is not the official language of the United States) before applying for American citizenship, reports the Daily Caller.
Congratulations to Billy Idol and all of the other new citizens who have recently taken the oath.