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White House Responds to Justin Bieber Deportation Petition

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The White House has finally addressed the petition to deport Justin Bieber back to Canada. Their response? 

No comment.

One can translate the White House’s stance as follows: as long as Bieber doesn’t commit any deportable offenses, the White House won’t send Bieber back to Canada just because he’s Justin Bieber.

On Jan. 23, a petition was created at the official White House website calling for Bieber to be deported to his home country of Canada after he was arrested in Miami. The petition read:

We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. 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 nations youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.

After seven days of being circulated online, the petition received the requisite 100,000 signatures needed for an official response from the office. As of today, over 270,000 people have lent their names to the cause.

The White House finally released a non-committal response, saying, “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one.” The statement explains why they are standing back, reasoning 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.”

The White House even used the opportunity to reach out to young fans to talk about a serious subject, titling their response: “Believing in Immigration Reform.”

“Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers, and 11 million people are living in the shadows,” the statement reads. “That status quo isn’t good for our economy or our country. We need common-sense immigration reform to make sure everyone plays by the same set of rules.”

Beliebers, are you relieved?

Next: Justin Bieber's Surprise 2014 Coachella Apperance


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