Whoa! 47,000 People and Counting Want Justin Bieber Deported
This may come as a surprise, but Justin Bieber’s not very popular at the moment.
He may have 49 million fans on Twitter, but it’s only going to take 100,000 non-Beliebers to try to get the “Beauty and the Beat” singer booted from the United States.
Ever since Biebs’ run-ins with the law, i.e. egging/cop raid at his Calabasas home and his DUI arrest in Miami, questions have arisen about the singer’s immigration status and whether he’ll face deportation back to his native Canada for his alleged crimes.
Well, a petition placed on the White House’s “We The People” site is kick-starting a movement for the 19-year-old’s permanent exit from the country.
“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,” it reads. “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.”
The petition has already garnered almost 47,000 signatures (that’s about 32 signatures a minute per day!) since it was published four days ago. And at that rate, the petition is well on its way to the required 100,000 needed by Feb. 22 in order for an official response from the White House.
But while Bieber’s hiding out from his haters in Panama, there’s one thing that could make the “U Smile” singer, well, smile.
A national organization for Latino communities, Presente.org, created an opposing petition on MoveOn.org urging Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security and local police departments to treat all immigrants like the superstar.
“The Bieber experience as an immigrant who made a string of mistakes starkly contrasts what many other immigrants with different statuses in this country experience, particularly undocumented Latinos,” it reads. “We demand that ALL undocumented immigrants be treated the same way. We’re Beliebers that this form of justice will prevail and that this becomes reflective of the change President Obama promised us.
“The Bieber experience as an immigrant who made a string of mistakes starkly contrasts what many other immigrants with different statuses in this country experience, particularly undocumented Latinos,” it adds. “The vast majority of those who are incarcerated… before being deported are Latino, and many of them are in these centers for far less severe infractions than what Mr. Bieber did.”
So far, it’s garnered 294 of 300 signatures.