The song “Citizen Songs” was written by immigrant songwriter Joaquín “Chuy” García in the 1920s.
It’s a tune that has been used by immigrants for centuries, with lyrics like, “I am a migrant / I am a citizen / I will be a citizen of Mexico.”
In the 1970s, Garcia released a version of the song on a CD titled “Immigrant Song” for children and adults that had a more upbeat, soulful feel, and it became an anthem for immigrants.
The lyrics read: “In Mexico we are free, / But here in the United States we are never free / Like the land that we’ve built / It is ours and you can never take it back.”
García is one of the most well-known songwriters of all time, and he’s been recognized as a poet, playwright, and composer in his homeland.
He also wrote a poem about Mexican independence in 1930, which became the theme song for the 1956 film “La Nueva America.”
“We’re in the middle of a battle for the future of this country, and we can’t let it slip away,” García said.
“I want to take this song to Mexico, where we have an opportunity to make a difference, and that’s what I’m doing with this song.”
The song has been widely recognized for being an anthem of immigrants, particularly immigrants who came to the U.S. after the war.
In the 1960s, a group of immigrant singers and musicians created “The Immigrant Song,” which was a patriotic anthem that had lyrics like: “We’re on our way / But we’ve got to fight the good fight / And we’ll make a new country.”