Deport Justin Bieber Petition Reaches Over 100,000 Signatures
#DeportBieber wasn't just a fleeting trend on Twitter. A "Deport Justin Bieber and Revoke his Green Card" petition created on the White House's We the People platform on Jan. 23 has already reached over 100,000 signatures, meaning the White House must now respond.
According to the terms of participation on We the People, a petition must reach 100,000 signatures within 30 days to require a response.
The petition was created the day the 19-year-old Canadian singer was arrested for DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. "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," the petition states. "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."
Will the petition work? It's highly unlikely. The Hollywood Reporter noted that U.S. immigration law states that an individual's visa can't be revoked unless they've been convicted of a violent crime or sentenced to more than a year in prison.
Bieber's arraignment as been scheduled for Feb. 14 where he will be formally charged and a plea will be entered.
Following his arrest, the "Boyfriend" singer escaped to Panama with rumored new girlfriend, model Chantel Jeffries. Bieber's mom, Pattie Mallette, manager Scooter Braun, and mentor Usher flew down for a family sit-down. "They originally felt they had to let Justin learn from his mistakes," a source close to the Ontario native tells Us Weekly. "But they saw they had to drop that and rushed to be with him. They're all discussing what to do next."
For more on Bieber's life after arrest -- and how his mother plans to save him -- pick up the new issue of Us Weekly.