A White House petition to deport singer Justin Bieber and revoke his green card has surpassed the 100,000 signatures it needs for an official response.
The troubled singer, who is Canadian and in the country on a temporary work visa, was arrested last week on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest. A petition was created the same day, urging the White House to revoke his permission to be in the country.
“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.
“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,” the petition says on the White House website.
The government promised to review a petition once it received more than 100,000 signatures in 30 days. The 19-year-old teen idol got that amount in only six days. However, the White House has not yet responded.
As The Hollywood Reporter points out, immigration visas can only be revoked in the event of a violent crime or a prison sentence that exceeds one year; Bieber faces an array of potential consequences, but if he is sentenced to prison, he’d only get up to six months for drag racing and up to six months for the DUI.
As expected, there were competing petitions created to keep Bieber from getting removed from the states. One petition, “Stop Justin Bieber from getting deported” has over 1,440 signatures thus far. Check out the introduction for this petition:
“The whole idea of Justin Drew Bieber getting deported, is completely unfair. He doesn’t deserve this…. With your help, we can stop it. He’s human. He’s not perfect. The media sees the bad side of him. Please. He’s saved so many lives. Including mine. A lifesaver, Shouldn’t deserve this.”
Police say the 19-year-old singer admitted to smoking marijuana, drinking and taking a prescription medication. Since posting bail and leaving Miami, Bieber has been pictured in Panama with his entourage.
It will most likely help Bieber that he has already performed for Obama’s two daughters Natasha and Malia – who are big fans of the star – at the White House in 2010.
The White House’s petition site has been used plenty of times for off-beat requests. After a petition to build a Death Star like in “Star Wars” and another to deport CNN host Piers Morgan reached previous thresholds of 25,000 signatures, the White House raised the requirements to 100,000 signatures in 30 days to merit a response, reports Politico.
Last year, the White House famously rejected calls to build a Star Wars-style “Death Star”, saying the administration did not support “blowing up planets”.
“Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?” the White House response said.