US petition to deport Justin Bieber reaches 81,000 signatures and counting
A number of disgruntled US citizens have signed a petition urging Justin Bieber to be deported from the country, following his arrest for driving under the influence and drag racing last week.
The petition, which urges the Obama administration to consider revoking the 19-year-old’s green card, has amassed over 81,000 signatures and declares the star to be “a terrible influence on our nation’s youth.”
The petition states: “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 nation’s youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.”
According to Time, the Canadian singer resides in the States on an O-1 visa, which is reserved for “individuals with an extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in motion picture or television industry,” and only violent crimes and sentences longer than one year result in a re-evaluation of visa status.
In other words, deportation doesn’t look likely, so you can rest easy Beliebers.
The Daily Mail reports that the ‘Heartbreaker’ singer is scheduled to be arraigned on February 14 for his arrest, with Miami state attorney’s office spokesman Ed Griffith telling People that Justin doesn’t have to be present during the proceedings.
“He will plead [not] guilty and the process will begin,” said Griffith.