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It was the last straw for a whole lot of people when teen sensation Justin Bieber got arrested in Miami for DUI. The Canadian pop star has put a bad taste in the mouths of many Americans, and now thousands want the 19-year-old singer to be deported from the country. In fact, the disdain for Bieber has been raised so high that a petition with 103,000 signatures made its way to the White House (as if the U.S. government doesn’t have enough to worry about).
As reported by Yahoo, the petition broke the threshold of 100,000 signatures in order for the document to receive presidential consideration. “We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive and drug-abusing Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked,” the petition, created by one “J.A.” in Detroit on Jan. 23, reads. “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.”
"We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture," the document continues. The petition was created the day Bieber was busted for DUI while driving in a yellow Lamborghini. The singer had reportedly been smoking marijuana all-day and took a pill “like Xanax” that he got from his mother.
“Every petition that crosses the threshold will be reviewed by the appropriate staff and receive a response,” assistant White House spokesman Matt Lehrich said, according to Yahoo. Other popular petitions are the legalization of marijuana nationwide and a pardon for National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
A petition garnering enough signatures does not mean action will be taken. The petition program is more of a forum for Americans to get their voices heard. “It doesn't always determine a step will be taken,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, “it's more of another opportunity for the voices of the American people to be heard.”
Bieber is reportedly working in the United States under a renewable O-1 visa, but it's unknown where his recent arrest will affect it. After getting out on bail for $2,500, Bieber is due back in court on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, where he will face additional charges for driving with an expired license and resisting arrest. The teenager’s woes don’t stop there; the Los Angeles police are investigating Bieber for reportedly chucking eggs at a neighbor’s house.
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Maria Vultaggio is a reporter for the Continuous News Desk (CND), where she covers trending topics and breaking news for the International Business Times....