There are 273,968 signatures to the "We the People" petition requesting the United States "Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card."
JB is Canadian and this movement was launched after the pop star was arrested for alleged DUI and drag racing in Miami back in January.
The White House actually issued an official response to the petition, but started by saying they really couldn't respond.
"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. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers, and 11 million people are living in the shadows."
The response continued, listing President Obama's plan for immigration reform. So they used the visible platform of anti-Bieberism to promote policy. Pretty well played.
Basically, the White House couldn't/wouldn't weigh in on Justin's legal matters since they've yet to be resolved by the courts. In terms of what could happen to Justin, Gossip Cop noted, "Bieber could only have his O-1 visa — issued for 'individuals with an extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in motion picture or television industry' — potentially revoked if he was convicted of a violent crime with a sentence of more than one year in prison." So he's probably sticking around for the long haul.
Are you surprised that the White House even dignified this with a response, or do you think it was clever for them to use the petition as a forum for their own agenda?