A petition to deport Canadian pop star Justin Bieber for his arrest last week in Miami Beach, FL has garnered over 100,000 signatures in less than a week, prompting a response from the White House.
The petition, available at We The People, states, “We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture.”
It continues, “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.”
The White House must respond since the petition reached 100,000 signatures in 30 days. However, it’s unlikely that Bieber, who is living in the United States on an O-1 visa which is issued to anyone with “extraordinary ability or achievement” in their field, including the arts, will be deported given the non severity of the arrest. He would have to be charged with an aggravated offense to be thrown out of the country.
“We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked.”
Bieber was arrested and charged with DUI, resisting arrest without violence, and driving with an expired license after police witnessed the 19-year-old singer drag racing with fellow rapper Khalil Sharieff around 4:30 am Thursday, January 23rd.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, “U.S. immigration law states that authorities do not revoke an individual’s visa unless the person has been convicted of a violent crime or been sentenced to more than one year imprisonment.” A first DUI offense has no minimum sentence but carries a maximum of six months in jail, a fine of $250 to $500, and 50 hours of community service. Since Bieber is under 21, he will have an automatic six-month license suspension. A first conviction for drag racing carries a sentence of up to six months, a fine of $500 to $1,000 and a one-year license suspension.
Immigration attorney Ira Kurzban claims that Bieber is “not subject to deportation because of a DUI offense, nor is driving with an expired license a deportable offense.” These offenses wouldn’t keep Bieber from being readmitted into the country, either.
Bieber’s arraignment is set for February 14th, but he does not have to appear in court. His attorney Roy Black will probably handle the proceedings on his behalf where he will enter a plea when prosecutors formally file charges against the singer.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.