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In The News: Thousands Sign Petition Asking for Justin Bieber to be Deported

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Born in London, Ontario and raised in nearby Stratford, Bieber has been quoted as saying that Canada is “the best country in the world.”

There is an online petition circulating that asks that Justin Bieber be deported. In light of Bieber’s law-breaking and erratic behaviors, that have resulted in a recent arrest, almost 50,000 Americans have signed a petition asking the White House for the pop star to be sent back to his native Canada.

The petitions states:

“We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture,” wrote the petition’s creator, Detroit resident J.M. “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.”

In the span of a mere four days, J.M’s petition has garnered more than 45,000 supporters, which puts him on track for the threshold of 100,000 signatories in order to incite an official response from the Obama administration. There is another petition going around that requests that Bieber to be allowed to stay in the U.S. because “he is a human being [who] makes mistakes.” This rival petition has only collected 537 signatures thus far.

There has been no response from the Bieber camp, so far, in regards to the petition to have him booted from the States. The 19-year-old Bieber is currently residing in the United States under a temporary visa, a “0-1 Visa,” the conditions of which allow for “foreign nationals of extraordinary ability.” As such, someone with a 0-1 Visa is subject to deportation if convicted of an aggravated felony, a crime of “moral turpitude,” or any crime that carries a prison sentence of at least a year.

There are several ways in which Bieber can be deported: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) could place a hold on him for his DUI charge in Florida, and take the teen pop star into custody even before he is convicted of any charges. If prosecuted and convicted of the felony charge in California for egging his neighbor’s home, ICE can initiate deportation proceedings (depending on the prison term), and possibly deport him to Canada.

Recap

Justin Bieber, upon leaving a strip club, was charged with resisting arrest and a DUI after illegally participating in drag racing. According to the police reports, Bieber had consumed alcohol and marijuana. All of which can bring about a jail term of up to 6 months. Prior to this latest run-in with the law, Bieber caused $20,000 worth of damage to a neighbor’s home, which constitutes a felony crime in California. His mansion was then raided by police. It is also alleged that Bieber assaulted a man in the Hamptons last year but was never convicted.

Why the Petition

There are groups calling for Bieber’s deportation who point out that people have been arrested, convicted and deported for far less serious infractions. Statistics show that at least 1,200 people – including lawful permanent residents – are deported from the United States on a daily basis and for far lesser charges.

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Sources:

http://www.racefiles.com/2014/01/23/how-justin-bieber-got-deported/

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jan/28/justin-bieber-american-petition-deported

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