White House Will Respond to Petition to Deport Justin Bieber

Americans really want that guy out of their country.

National Journal
Elahe Izadi
Jan. 31, 2014, 8:55 a.m.

The de­port­a­tion of one per­son in par­tic­u­lar (yes, Justin Bieber) is of ut­most in­terest to the Amer­ic­an pub­lic, and now the White House is go­ing to weigh in. 

A white­house.gov pe­ti­tion to re­voke the green card and de­port the Ca­na­dian sing­er has well sur­passed the 100,000-sig­na­ture threshold, mean­ing the White House is ob­lig­ated to re­spond. And it will “re­l­at­ively soon,” White House spokes­man Jay Car­ney said Fri­day.

Sure, many of the pe­ti­tions on the White House’s web­site re­late to grander causes, such as man­dat­ory la­beling of ge­net­ic­ally mod­i­fied foods, or im­pos­ing per­son­al sanc­tions on the pres­id­ent of Ukraine. But that Bieber pe­ti­tion is cur­rently the most pop­u­lar. Sadly for Be­liebers, a pe­ti­tion to “Con­sider to not De­port Justin Bieber” has a measly 2,285 sig­na­tures.

While an In­ter­net search for “Obama” and “de­port­a­tion” ends up in Bieber-heavy res­ults, it is worth not­ing this ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­cord on de­port­ing people who are not Justin Bieber: a re­cord num­ber of people were re­moved from the coun­try last year, and very soon a total of 2 mil­lion un­doc­u­mented im­mig­rants will have been de­por­ted while Pres­id­ent Obama has been in the White House.