Justin Bieber’s latest run-in with the law is raising concerns that the pop star may soon be saying goodbye to life in the United States.
Talk of the unlikely scenario came as a result of Bieber's alleged connection to an egg-throwing incident that caused several thousand dollars worth of damage to his neighbor’s home. As we reported earlier, police raided Bieber's Calabasas, Calif., mansion on Tuesday in an effort to find “video surveillance or other relevant evidence” of the vandalism.
Following the raid, the singer’s best friend Lil Za was arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession. Bieber was present at the home, but wasn’t arrested. Authorities held off on interviewing the star until his lawyer arrived at the residence, reports USA Today.
There is currently no evidence that Bieber was in any way responsible for the vandalism. But if he were to be charged and convicted with a felony, then there's a possibility that his U.S. residency could be altered.
Still, a Bieber-less nation remains an unlikely prospect due to the type of crime an offender has to commit to be thrown out of the country. As USA Today details, foreigners who are legal permanent residents of the U.S. can be deported when they are convicted of a serious crime. You can read the full list of “aggravated” offenses that can lead to deportation here.
Seeing that the egg incident doesn’t fall under those options, the remaining way he could face removal from the country would be if he was charged and convicted of a crime involving "moral turpitude" -- or an offense that shocks the public conscience.
Bieber’s neighbor alleges that the star caused more than $20,000 in damages to his home. According to Radar Online, a source told the site that the neighbor is asking that L.A. cops charge Bieber with a felony vandalism charge. A law enforcement source speaking with Radar said the following: “If Justin is charged with felony vandalism and convicted, it’s very likely his work visa, allowing him to live in the United States, would be revoked.” The source added that the offense "could be categorized as a crime of moral turpitude under United States immigration law.”
Treye Green is a reporter for The International Business Times and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Green has shot, edited and...