.
.
.
.

Petition to deport Justin Bieber from U.S. exceeds 100k

In hot water for legal troubles, the Canadian pop star now faces a petition to have him deported

Published: Updated:

A petition demanding the deportation of Canadian singer Justin Bieber submitted online to the White House website has reached more than 100,000 signatures, the Washington Post reported.

The 100,000 signatures marks what the White House website says is the threshold for a petition to receive a response from the government, adding more pressure to already troubled singer.

While some may believe the issue is worthy of the government’s attention, the international pop star’s fans are fighting back.

His fans, or “Beliebers,” have shown an outpouring of support for the troubled singer, using
the hashtag #beliebersalwayshereforjustin to support their idol.

“This is really unfair, I don't know why they’re [doing] this. Justin is such a nice person. He [helped] a lot of people and [he’s] just 19, for sure he will [make] mistake[s]. He just deserves love and respect, (sic)” Dubai-based fan @BthoonAlAli said to Al Arabiya news.

The 22 year old Emirati fan said she does not think the U.S. government will deport Bieber or revoke his green card.

American fan Crystal Chau thinks that the petition is an “overreaction” adding that the deportation of the singer over his recent legal trouble is “a little too extreme.”

“It has been difficult for people to accept Justin during his best times and his worst times. Although I may not agree with everything he has done, I still think we need to keep in mind that he is young and will make mistakes,” the 19 year old told Al Arabiya News.

Signatures by the thousands

The petition, which as of today has 183, 938 signatures, says, “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.”

Claiming the super star was a bad influence on the country’s youth, the petition added, “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.”

The singer was arrested for drunk driving, drag racing and resisting arrest without violence last week in Miami, Florida. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The White House website shows that the petition entitled “Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card” was created by someone with the initials J.A. from Detroit, Michigan.

Submitted on Jan. 23, 2014, the requisition was categorized as an issue relating to criminal justice and law enforcement, human rights and women's issues.

While the petition reached the 100,000 mark Wednesday morning, signatures nearly doubled on Thursday, only about 17,000 short of the 200,000 mark.

The spike may be attributed to the fact the singer turned himself into the Toronto authorities on Thursday for an incident from earlier in the month where he allegedly assaulted a limo driver.