Petition to deport Justin Bieber tops 100,000 signatures, may be reviewed by White House

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FILE: Justin Bieber in 2014 after an arrest in Miami Beach.

By CNN Political Unit

(CNN) — It looks like the White House may have to weigh in on the Biebs.

A petition calling for the deportation of Canadian-born Justin Bieber surpassed the 100,000 signature threshold, meaning the White House must, by its own rules, issue a response.

Related story: Source: Bieber, facing assault charge in Canada, is turning himself in

Titled, “Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card,” was created less than a week ago and quickly amassed the required signatures long before the 30 day deadline for the “We the People” petition program.

“We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture,” the petition states. “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.”

As of 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, it had nearly 121,000 signatures.

Bieber, 19, was arrested last week in Miami Beach and charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license after police saw the pop start street racing.

Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez told reporters that Bieber “made some statements that he had consumed some alcohol, and that he had been smoking marijuana and consumed some prescription medication.”

Will the White House actually look at it?

State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki was asked about the issue Wednesday in the daily press briefing.

She said the petition program doesn’t necessarily mean action would be taken but it’s rather “an opportunity for the voices of the American people” to be heard.

But the terms of the program, as stated on the White House website, says if a petition meets the 100,000 signature threshold, “it will be reviewed by the administration and we will issue a response.”

Psaki said she would check and see what the criteria was for violating a visa, but noted that individual visa cases are confidential.

The White House has drastically cut back on the number of responses it actually issued in the past year. The Washington Times reports that in the final six months of 2013, only one new petition received a response.

Other petitions, with far fewer signatures than 100,000, have popped up on the website, both supporting and opposing Bieber’s deportation.

A competing petition, created on January 25, calls for keeping Beiber in the United States. It has about 1,800 signatures, and at this rate, would need more than 98,000 more by February 24 .

So what do the experts say?

CNN reported on the question earlier this week.

In addition to the charges he faces in Florida, investigators in California are also weighing whether Bieber will face a felony vandalism charge tied to an egg attack there.

Immigration lawyers say convictions on those charges wouldn’t generally lead to deportation for someone like Bieber, who has a visa allowing him to legally live in the United States because of his “extraordinary ability” in the arts.

That’s because those charges aren’t considered to be aggravated felonies or crimes of moral turpitude — the two types of crimes that federal law defines as grounds for the deportation of non-citizen immigrants.

And according to federal law, only violent crimes and sentences longer than a year result in a re-evaluation of a person’s visa status.

Translation for those of you who aren’t legal eagles: Bieber’s probably not going anywhere.

CNN’s Elise Labott contributed to this report.

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  • Non ya

    POTUS will have him give a concert at the White House right before he is escorted to the border. Do you really think this idiot will direct the other idiot out of the country ???

  • Jay Davis

    iThink you guys are ridiculous! There are much more important things in America than Justin Bieber. You guys hated him before because you hated his music, now that he’s done something illegall you want to throw him out of the country!? You guys have no life! Go get one!

  • Daphne Allgood

    He’s just trying to get his thug on. Interesting that how some of the response to his behavior and the trashing of Travon Martin. Justin is just a misunderstood young man Travon was not a. thug punk. He had no criminal record to speak of. There are some calls to give him a pass. Travon Martin and other Travon Martins out there are not getting a pass. If Justin Bieber was there the night Travon Martin encountered George Zimmerman .and it was discovered that he had . killed Justin. would Zimmerman be in prison now? Put Justin Bieber’s face in all those questionable pictures of Travon what would the public’s opinoin be? Would they still claim that he is just a misunderstood young man? or the criminal that he is currently trying so hard to become? Justin is just asking” What do I need to do to get my thug card?” By his thug like actions lately. A pass?

  • TM1982

    We don’t want him either… he has given us Canadians a bad name. He should be forced to enlist in the forces and do something productive with his “free” time.

  • scott

    this is just ignorant
    all the problems in this country and a bunch of idiots worried about some stupid kid
    people need to smarten up and figure out what is important

  • miriam

    What he needs is a constant guidance, support and a reminder emphasizing consequences of his own actions.
    People who hates Justin, of course will be saying negative things about him always. They have to realized that we are ALL human and we make mistakes at some point in our life and when we do, we use that experience to better our life. Nobody is perfect.
    Deporting is not going to solve any problem that we have here in America because it still exist. The parents should do their part. Be realistic!

  • Angel

    Bieber should have been in jail a while ago. He needs to stop hanging out with these aspiring rapper types in L.A. He will loose all the fans he has. He already has enough people to probably get that petition reviewed by now at least. He will probably face charges then have to get a green card to stay in the US since that visa only last 2-5 years under US law.

  • Bill

    How and where can I sign the petition? Bieber needs to go…and while he will undoubtly still have an influence on American teens, at least the US will take a stand on getting rid of one arrogant, obnoxious child who thinks he is above the law. Good bye and good riddance, Justin Bieber.

  • Ger Butler

    What a bunch of hypocrites…yes go ahead and deport him. But please do something with the rude, ignorant, alcoholic, drug addict talentless young stars who come from the States. What the heck are underage people doing drinking in clubs anyway. Why aren’t the club owners charged for allowing these idiots to drink in their establishments in the first place. Don’t tell me the police can’t do anything about that, because they can. So please people practice what you preach!

  • MJ Brewer

    Yeah, God knows our government doesn’t have anything better to do than powder spoiled little kids’ bottoms, after all. He made his gold-plated bed, let him have the consequences as the adult he claims to be.

    Many Americans will be flaming angry if the White House even takes the time to review this request.

  • Anne A.

    Why are all these people judging and hating on Justin Bieber? Poor Justin Bieber..he is not perfect..everyone makes mistakes..We love Justin Bieber..May god bless Justin Bieber in the hard time he is having with his life right now. His name will be cleared and he will be out of jail soon and he will stay in of the free…Remeber? he is just a college age kid…just growing up still and having fun…Please leave him alone media and other people hating and judging him. aw :( We love justin bieber and his beautiful music…..YOU Go!! Justin..stay positive and keep confident and prove your self…He is one good looking kid………..great music too… :) :)

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