Justin Bieber made headlines in Washington today when a petition to deport him was responded to by the White House. Bieber was arrested under a DUI charge in Miami earlier this year, and what started out as a joke petition quickly became serious trouble for the rebellious musician as hundreds of thousands of Americans signed in to decide his fate. Justin is not in America on a green card, which allows him to work in the U.S., but rather on a O-1 visa specifically given to athletes, entertainers and others whom the government feels is of credible value for one. This proved to be a fatal blow in the petition to remove Justin from America from the beginning, but that didn’t stop over a quarter of a million people from letting Beiber know that weren’t one of his “Beliebers.”
“We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked,” the petition, which appears on the “We The People”White House webpage. “He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nations youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.”
As well as getting a DUI, Justin Bieber was cited with resisting arrest and having an invalid driver’s license. The judge set bail at $2500 and the next day he was released from jail. Since then Bieber has remained relatively calm and quite, even trying to win back the heart of his former love, Selena Gomez. With his world hanging in the hands of the president, Beliebers and Beloathers waited eagerly to see what the official word would come down to. President Obama finally proclaimed official action on the petition, which it appears is no action at all.
“Thanks for your petition and your participation in We the People. Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one.” The “We The People” webpage said in reply.
While the petition received nearly three times the 94,000 signatures needed to be addressed by the White House, it turns out immigration laws were on Bieber’s side. The website continued with the explanation that “to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition.”
This means that Justin is fine in the U.S. right now, as long as he doesn’t get into anymore trouble.
Obama then used the petition to speak candidly about the condition of immigration laws and their causes. “So we’ll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case,” it said, ” but we’re glad you care about immigration issues. 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….”
When talking serious numbers about immigration, the White House was happy to make sure it stayed light-hearted just as the petition was originally meant to be. ” immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next 20 years. For those of you counting at home, that’s 12.5 billion concert tickets — or 100 billion copies of Mr. Bieber’s debut album.”
If you didn’t catch it above, you can read the whole White House reply to the petition here.
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) April 19, 2014
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— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) April 18, 2014