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“Deport Bieber” Petition Is Catching On Fire

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By Afiya J. Watkins

With all of the pressing matters plaguing this country, one may not think the deportation of Justin Bieber would be a White House priority, but apparently there are those who would like for it to be just that. A White House petition to deport Bieber is more than halfway to success, surpassing an impressive 70,000 signatures as of noon Tuesday and putting it well on pace to reach the 100,000 needed to earn an official response. By 12 noon, the petition had 70,702 signatures. With more than three weeks remaining until the Feb. 22 deadline, the petition is almost guaranteed the right to a White House response.

Due to what many have described as Justin Bieber’s reckless and seemingly blatant disregard for the law, experts have debated whether Bieber, a Canadian pop music star could have his visa revoked. These debates have heightened after his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving in a drag race last week.

Some Americans wanted to get an answer straight from the White House, which only posts initials of those who start or sign petitions. According to the Washington Times, a person only identified as “J.A.” from Detroit, Michigan filed an official petition with President Obama’s “We the People” project.

“We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture,” the petition says. (https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/deport-justin-bieber-and-revoke-his-green-card/ST1yqHJL) “We would like to see a 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.”

The pop mega-star may have a growing number of detractors, but he also has legions of supportive fans, so it is not surprising that many of them are vehemently against the idea of Bieber being deported for what many see as youthful indiscretions. Another person, “H.P.” from Modesto, Calif., has launched a counter-petition saying it’s unfair to target Mr. Bieber, the Washington Times reported.

“The whole idea of Justin Drew Bieber getting deported is completely unfair. He doesn’t deserve this,” the petition says. “With your help, we can stop it. He’s human. He’s not perfect. The media sees the bad side of him. Please. He’s saved so many lives. Including mine. A lifesaver shouldn’t deserve this.”

That petition was started on Saturday and had fewer than 1,000 signatures as of noon Tuesday.

It will be interesting to see if The Bieb stays or goes.

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