(NEW YORK) — White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday the White House will likely respond to the petition to deport pop star Justin Bieber “relatively soon.”
“That response will come I’m sure relatively soon,” Carney said at the press briefing Friday. “I don’t have one now.”
“On matters related to visas, I’d refer you to DHS,” Carney added.
Earlier this month, a petition was created on the “We the People” site calling for the government to deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card. As of Friday afternoon, there are 223,269 signatures on the petition.
The White House is required to respond to any petitions that garner more than 100,000 signatures, according to the “We the People” standards.
The petition, which was filed on the day the Canadian singer was arrested for an alleged DUI and drag racing, says “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.”
It continues, “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.”
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