White House Must Address Petition to Deport Justin Bieber
(WASHINGTON) -- After topping more than 100,000 signatures on "We the People," the White House is now obligated to respond to a petition to "Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card."
As of Wednesday afternoon, the petition had 104,700 signatures and climbing.
On all petitions, "We the People" states, "If a petition meets the signature threshold [in this case, 100,000], it will be reviewed by the Administration and we will issue a response."
The petition says about the Canadian pop star, "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."
It was created Jan. 23, the same day news broke that Bieber, 19, was arrested for alleged DUI and drag racing.
The White House reviews and usually responds to petitions that get more than 100,000 signatures within 30 days.
On Wednesday, Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman, commented on the petition, saying the petition website "doesn't always determine a step will be taken, it's more of another opportunity for the voices of the American people to be heard."
Since cancelling a visa would come under the State Department's jurisdiction, she continued: "We're getting down quite a rabbit hole here with Justin Bieber, but ... I will check and see what the visa implications would be for anybody who is found of possibly violating the law."
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