There are a few people in the United States that are a little fed up with Justin Bieber and his antics of late. One of those people posted an online petition to the government petition blog "We The People" at WhiteHouse.gov, asking that the government revoke the "As Long As You Love Me" singer's visa and green card and send him back across the border to Canada (from whence the Biebs hails). As The Inquistr reported early on Jan. 29, the site clocked its 100,000th petitioner, which is the threshold at which petitions get a response from the White House. With such a high demand for his ouster, will the White House seriously look into it? What are the legalities of the situation? In short, at the risk of breaking millions of tweener hearts out there, can they actually deport Justin Bieber for drag racing, resisting arrest, egging someone's house, or, worse, comparing himself to Michael Jackson?
"J. A." created and signed the petition first, posting it to "We The People" Jan. 23. By Jan. 29, the total topped the 100,000 mark. Before the day was out, pushed by the headlines being generated by the petition, that number rose past the 160,000 mark.
"J. A." petitioned the Obama administration on behalf of the people of the United States: "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."
Bieber, who is a citizen of Canada, has a home in Calabassas, California. It was there that an egging took place three weeks ago in the neighborhood, an incident in which Bieber is alleged to have taken part, and the pop star hasn't been out of the spotlight since. Los Angeles police subsequently raided his mansion and found drugs in plain sight, according to an official report. A friend of Bieber's, rapper Lil Za, was arrested on felony drug charges, copping to the drugs found in the house.
But on Thursday, Jan. 23, Justin Bieber was in Miami Beach when he decided to drag race. TMZ reported that police there pulled him over, discovered the smell of alcohol on his breath, and when he refused to let them handcuff him, was eventually charged with resisting arrest -- in addition to Driving Under the Influence and the street racing.
Here's the thing, though. He's really done nothing for which to get deported.
In fact, according to Access Hollywood (via Yahoo Celebrity), to get deported, Justin Bieber would have to actually break immigration laws -- which he has yet to do. An arrest won't do it. According to New York attorney Rebecca Rose Woodland, Bieber has to be convicted of a felony and a violation of immigration laws to even have a possibility of being deported.
Woodland also told Access Hollywood that even if convicted of the DUI and related charges, they're considered misdemeanors and won't impact his immigration status. Therefore, no deportation.
Woodland went on to explain: "To be deported, a person here on a valid visa must have committed an aggravated felony and be convicted or be convicted of a crime that involves a breach of judgment serious enough to be considered a crime of moral turpitude."
So, Justin Bieber deportation petition or no, it looks as if America is stuck with Bieber if he wishes to hang around somewhere in the States. On the bright side, as long as he's in the U. S. and breaking American laws, he'll spend some of those millions he's earned as a pop star in the United States -- even if it is just on legal fees, hotel bills, travel costs, and mortgage payments for the house in Calabassas.
But the deportation crowd shouldn't lose heart. The "Never Say Never" still might get shipped back to Canada without the possibility of returning. President Obama has shown he has no problem signing executive orders (just like his predecessor) and has even suggested he will do so in regard to raising the national minimum wage. If someone could credibly prove that Bieber truly poses a threat to the U. S. in some way, then maybe… Perhaps the pro-deporters could send actor Drake Bell, who has voiced his negative opinion of Justin Bieber and called for his deportation as well, as a special emissary to argue their case.