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Deport Justin Bieber petition reaches 100,000 signatures, merits White House response

The petition claims the Canadian pop star wrongly represents the United States in the world of pop culture.
Posted By Veronica Linares   |   Jan. 29, 2014 at 1:51 PM  |  Updated Jan. 29, 2014 at 3:27 PM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A petition filed on the White House's website calling for the deportation of Justin Bieber has received the amount of signatures necessary to merit an official government response.

The petition, "Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card," claims the Canadian pop star wrongly represents the United States in the world of pop culture and asks for the 19-year-old singer to "be removed from our society."

The petition -- which as of now has been signed about 110,000 times -- was created by someone from Detroit with the initials J.A. on January 23, the same day Bieber was arrested in Miami accused of DUI and drag racing.

U.S. immigration law states that authorities can and should revoke an individual's visa if they've been convicted of a violent crime or have been sentenced to prison for more than a year. Bieber's charges are not serious enough for him to face the severity of sentencing that would have his green card revoked.

Bieber is set to be arraigned on charges of DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license on February 14. It is unclear if the "Boyfriend" singer will attend the proceedings.

[White House]

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