An internet petition hosted on the White House's "We The People" site that calls for the deportation of Canadian pop singer turned cautionary tale Justin Bieber has already garnered almost 75,000 signatures since first being posted on Jan. 23.
The petition, entitled “Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card,” calls for President Obama to draw a strong line in the sand and defend America’s hard-earned reputation as the premier exporter of wholesome and family-friendly pop idols, an image that could take a hit if members of the global community continue to mistake the drunken-driving, egg-throwing Canuck as one of America’s own sons. The petition reads in full:
“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.”
According to E! News, if the petition reaches 100,000 signatures before the Feb. 22 deadline (a virtual certainty), the Obama administration will be forced to make a comment on this pressing issue, which deserves to be mentioned alongside the War on Terror and political instability in Syria and the Ukraine as a top foreign policy directive in Obama’s State of the Union address tonight.
Still, the will of the people may not be enough to deport Bieber, who has blown into America with a chilling recklessness that's reminiscent of the cold northern wind of his homeland. According to a CNN report published on Tuesday, immigration lawyers don’t believe that the crimes Bieber is currently under investigation for -- his drunk driving arrest in Florida last week and the recent egg-throwing incident at his California home -- are considered “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.”
Nevertheless, if Bieber is found guilty of driving under the influence of marijuana, as suspected, it could create issues when he inevitably attempts to renew the visa allowing him to live in the greatest nation in the history of the earth, the United States of America.
"He may have a difficult time returning to the U.S. after traveling," Annaluisa Padilla, a California immigration lawyer, told CNN. "If there is a conviction on the use of marijuana, he may run into some issues when renewing his visa or even attempting to apply for residency."
Until Bieber’s cases work their way through the legal system, we’ll just have to wait and see. If immigration officials are smart, they’ll simply revoke his visa for another reason: It was issued to him under the auspices of his "extraordinary ability" in the arts.