White House disappoints those who want Justin Bieber deported

Those asking the White House to deport Justin Bieber to Canada didn’t get the response they were hoping for. “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t…
White House disappoints those who want Justin Bieber deported

A petition on the White House’s website that calls for Justin Bieber to be deported got more than 273,000 signatures. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)

Those asking the White House to deport Justin Bieber to Canada didn’t get the response they were hoping for.

“Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t 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 House’s 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.

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This mugshot of Justin Bieber was taken shortly after his arrest in January.

This is the mugshot of Justin Bieber. (Photo by Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department)

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.”

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The White House refused to comment on Bieber’s case and instead shifted the conversation toward immigration reform.

“So we’ll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case, but we’re 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, that’s 12.5 billion concert tickets — or 100 billion copies of Mr. Bieber’s debut album.”

“You better believe it,” the White House added.

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