Those asking the White House to deport Justin Bieber to Canada didnt get the response they were hoping for.
Sorry to disappoint, but we wont be commenting on this one, the White House said responding to a petition that calls for the 20-year-old to be deported.
A petition to deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card was launched on the White Houses website in January after the Canadian pop star was arrested in Miami Beach, Fla., and charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving without a license. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 5 to face the charges.
To force the White House to respond, a petition must receive 100,000 signatures within 30 days. The petition to deport Bieber got nearly 274,000 signatures.
We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked, the petition read. He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nations [sic] youth.
Bieber is currently in the United States on a O-1 visa, which is given to individuals who possess extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry.
The White House refused to comment on Biebers case and instead shifted the conversation toward immigration reform.
So well leave it to others to comment on Mr. Biebers case, but were glad you care about immigration issues, the White House stated. Because our current system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers, and 11 million people are living in the shadows.
The White House went on to call for common-sense immigration reform to make sure everyone plays by the same set of rules. It also highlighted the economic benefits of passing immigration reform legislation.
Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next 20 years, the White House stated. For those of you counting at home, thats 12.5 billion concert tickets or 100 billion copies of Mr. Biebers debut album.
You better believe it, the White House added.