The White House Sees Your Justin Bieber Deportation Petition, Raises You A Lesson In Immigration

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Justin Bieber surprise performance at Coachella April 2014

In news I don't think anyone was expecting (or in news that we all pretty much forgot about by now), the “Deport Justin Bieber and Revoke His Green Card” petition, initiated after his DUI back in January, not only made its way to the White House but also into an official White House statement this weekend.

According to the terms of participation on We the People, a petition must reach 100,000 signatures within 30 days to require a response.  The Justin Bieber petition–which renounced the saggy crotch-favoring singer for being “dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing” in addition to being an over all “terrible influence on our nation's youth” did just that. It has garnered nearly 274,000 signatures since it was initiated.  Amazing.  Hilarious.  And kind of sad/depressing, no?  Anyway, here's the White House's position on the matter:

“Thanks for your petition and your participation in We the People.  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.' 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.”

The statement goes on to give us all a lesson on the need for immigration reform, but not before throwing in a little snark, eh?  Good on you, White House.  You knew a lot of Beliebers and anti-Beliebers alike would be clicking on this story, so you used the statement to your advantage.  It's just sad that most people probably won't read past the Bieber bits (I'm only guessing…whoops).  Hear that, Andrew Garfield? I doubt you'd have been the kind of kid garnering the attention of the White House.  Or Parliament.  Or whatever.

Even though it looks like we the people can't forcibly remove Justin Bieber from our society, we can still take pride in knowing he doesn't technically belong to us.  Sorry, Canada.

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