Justin Bieber’s status in the US will now be officially reviewed by White House officials, after an “We the People” petition demanding his deportation and Green Card revocation, surged to its 100,000 signature requirement.
Once a petition on the White House-hosted page hits 100,000 it has to be reviewed by White House staff and a statement issued.
As of press time, the signature count currently stands at 104,229, and counting.
Thousands of Americans jumped on the petition with around 40,000 to over 50,000 reached on January 27. A day later numbers hit 63,000 63,000 to 100,000 plus.
It has been helped on its way by the endorsement of musician-actor Drake Bell, who dislikes Bieber.
The “Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card” petition describes the Canadian teen as, “dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing [and a]… terrible influence on our nations youth.”
It was launched by a Detroit, Michigan, resident on January 23. Even if you’re not a Bieber watcher, that date may be significant.
It was the day the 19-year-old — who was driving a yellow Lamborghini at the time – was arrested in Miami Beach for suspected DUI.
Bieber and his pal, a red Ferrari driving Khalil Amir Sharieff, also 19, were stopped on a residential street during what police described as an illegal street drag race. Neither driver was charged with drag racing and tests have shown neither were drunk. Further tests will show if they were high at the time.
Miami Police say Bieber admitted to smoking marijuana, drinking one beer, and taking a prescription medication, earlier that Thursday.
The point is, the petition creator launched it on the day of the DUI arrest, and it seems the sight of the singer in an orange-jumpsuit was a final straw.
The “Baby” singer has just returned from Panama, Central America, where he fled after his arrest and was joined by manager Scooter Braun and his mentor Usher.
It’s speculated the meet may have been an intervention or a summit with rehab, therapy, or both, discussed as options for Justin in the wake of over a year of bizarre incidents.
Lucien Grange, Universal Music Group boss, broke with company protocol at his label’s after-Grammy event, and issued a public plea to Bieber via The News Confidenti@l,
“I’m very concerned about him. I’ve been concerned about him for many months. He needs help. He needs an intervention.”
“We are going to give all the support as a company to take as much pressure off him so he can look forward. Hopefully, we will all get through to him,” the record head added.
Currently free on a $2,500 bond, Bieber’s next optional court date is February 14 in Miami, Florida, where either he or his lawyer, Roy Black, will enter a plea to formal charges of DUI, resisting arrest without violence, and driving with an expired license.
According to reports, Bieber is allowed to live in the US based on the conditions of a 0-1 visa “for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability.”
But if he is convicted of a crime of “moral turpitude,” an aggravated felony, or sentenced to a crime that is punishable by over a year in prison – even if he doesn’t serve that – he becomes eligible for deportation.
As well as being called out in a petition that’s getting a lot of play on its way to the White House, Bieber has also been given an ultimatum by Braun to be “better than they [critics] are,” or “quit” the music business.
Tough day for a kid being told to come off anti-depressants, and the rest.
Can you believe this issue is going all the way to the White House?