Obama Won’t Even Discuss Deporting Justin Bieber
The White House has officially responded to a petition to deport Canadian-born pop star Justin Bieber. And its response is: no response
“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,’” said the response.
But the White House did take the opportunity to push immigration reform, saying it would strengthen the economy to the tune of $1 billion- the equivalent of “100 billion copies of Mr. Bieber’s debut album,” it notes.
The response also notes President Barack Obama‘s platform for immigration reform, including improved border security, a pathway to citizenship, and cracking down on employers, and encourages House Republicans to act.
The original petition described Bieber as “ dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing,” and said he is a threat to safety and and a poor influence on the nation’s youth. It quickly accumulated the 100,000 digital signatures necessary to merit an official response.
The Obama administration has had mixed success with its We The People petition site. While some petitions have dealt with signature issues like gun control and Wall Street reform, others have urged the White House to get involved in other nations’ domestic issues, or do something it has no authority to do in the US (i.e. recognize a “hate group”). One earnest petition demanded that the administration investigate late night host Jimmy Kimmel for an offensive segment on his show; another asked the country to build a Death Star.
Some petitions have gone ignored after hitting the 100,000 signature mark before the deadline, while others have merited response with just a few thousand signatures.