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Richard Nixon's secret battle to deport John Lennon: President feared the Beatle's anti-Vietnam campaigning would swing the 1972 election

In lawyer Leon Wildes new book he discusses how the U.S. government attempted to deport John Lennon (right) and Yoko Ono (left)

John Lennon was nearly deported by the U.S. government as it attempted to make the legendary Beatles frontman's life a living hell, a new book has revealed.
Lawyer Leon Wildes, whose book 'John Lennon vs. The U.S.A.' was released last month, said he had never seen 'the government so determined to remove anyone from the United States'.  

The book written by Wildes, who represented Lennon during an immigration case, explains the Nixon administration's battle to deport Lennon purportedly for an old conviction in the UK for possessing hashish.
But behind the facade of wanting to deport Lennon on the 1968 drug conviction, was the reality that the government feared the musician's influence on young voters in the 1972 election.

Wildes then became Lennon's immigration attorney, who helped him fight deportation in the late 1960s

Lennon had tremendous sway with 18- to 20-year-old voters, just after the election age had been lowered. 

Federal agents with the FBI feared Lennon was heading the to Republican National Convention in Miami that year and warned that he and wife Yoko Ono would be arrested for 'interstate travel in the furtherance of a conspiracy to incite a riot' if they tried to attend. 
It is still unclear to this day if Lennon and Ono ever had plans to attend the RNC but they were politically active. 

The couple moved from London to the Greenwich Village on a temporary visa after Lennon's drug arrest.

In light of this, anxious South Carolina senator Strom Thurmond warned US Attorney General John Mitchell, who oversaw the Immigration and Naturalization Service that Lennon's new ally could be dangerous. 

Days later Lennon's visa was revoked citing Lennon's previous drug conviction.  
Wildes then became Lennon's immigration attorney.  

Lennon told Wildes: 'Everything in our world — we’re artists, you know — now comes up in the USA. 
'It’s like the time of the Impressionist artists when everything took place in Paris, or in early Rome. It’s all here now. 

'This is where it’s at, and we’d love to be here. We just understand that it can’t be arranged.' 

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