By Annie Reuter
Nearly 275,000 people want Justin Bieber deported; a petition titled “Deport Justin Bieber and Revoke His Green Card,” received hundreds of thousands of signatures after the singer was arrested in Miami in January for a DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.
This weekend, the White House finally responded.
“Thanks for your petition and your participation in We the People,” the statement reads. “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one.”
The We the People terms of participation state that, “to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition.”
The response continues, and ends with the President’s plan for an effective immigration system.
“So we’ll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case, but we’re glad you care about immigration issues. Because our current system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers, and 11 million people are living in the shadows.
That status quo isn’t good for our economy or our country. We need common-sense immigration reform to make sure everyone plays by the same set of rules.
Not only is it the right thing to do morally, it’s the right thing for our country: Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next 20 years. For those of you counting at home, that’s 12.5 billion concert tickets — or 100 billion copies of Mr. Bieber’s debut album.
You better believe it.
We need a smart, effective immigration system — one that can keep up with the demands of a 21st century economy.”
In January, the petition passed the 100,000-signature mark required to get an official response from the Obama administration, earning a total of 108,346 at that time.