The White House Will Respond To 'Deport Justin Bieber' Petition
The White House will respond to the White House petition to deport Justin Bieber, confirms White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
Petition To Deport Justin Bieber
The petition, requesting that the United States government deport Bieber for tarnishing the U.S.’s reputation in pop culture, was created on the White House official webpage. The White House has a section specifically for petitions, called “We the People." Anybody can go online and start a petition. The petition has 30 days to obtain 100,000 signatures to receive a response from the White House. Furthermore, the initial petition must have 150 signatures to be publicly searchable on the site.
The ‘Deport Justin Bieber’ petition was created on Thursday, Jan. 23, following Bieber’s arrest for suspicion DUI and drag racing in Miami, by ‘J.A.’ from Detroit. As of Friday, Jan. 31 at 2:44 p.m. ET, the petition has 223,873 signatures, more than twice the amount needed for a White House response.
“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 nation's youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society,” reads the petition.
Press Secretary Confirms White House Will Respond
Press Secretary Carney was asked about the petition on Friday, Jan. 31, eliciting laughter from the White House press corps, and he assured the press that the petition would receive a response from the White House, as is the policy for any White House petition that reaches 100,000 signatures. He also referred any questions about Bieber’s visa to the Department of Homeland Security.
“That process will occur as is our commitment when the threshold is crossed…That response will come relatively soon,” Carney said.
To put the meriting of a White House response in perspective, previous petitions that have warranted a White House response include “Ensuring the Safety and Security of the Nation While Protecting Constitutional Rights and Civil Liberties” and “Greater Protections for Same-Sex Couples." President Obama himself responded to a petition which called for a plan to reduce gun violence.
Those waiting for the White House response should not wait too anxiously. A response could take months, as the petition is now in line behind all other petitions that reached 100,000 signatures and await responses. Furthermore, one can’t imagine that Bieber’s possible deportation is high on the White House’s list of priorities.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong
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