White House refuses to comment on anti-Justin Bieber petition
A petition of 275,000 signatures was handed to the White House urging Obama to revoke Bieber’s visa
The White House turned down a petition of 275,000 signatures calling U.S. President Barack Obama to annul Justin Bieber’s U.S. visa after his arrest while drunk driving earlier this year.
In a statement quoted by The Independent newspaper on Sunday, the White House responded saying: “Thanks for your petition and your participation in We the People. Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one.”
The Canadian teen pop star was arrested in January in Miami Beach on a drunken driving charge after he was caught drag racing on a main thoroughfare in a rented yellow Lamborghini.
The petition, created by a Detroit resident, has called for revoking Bieber’s U.S. visa to stop what it described as “a terrible influence” on American youth.
The issue has triggered debate on whether the immigration department is giving stars like Bieber special treatment. Others argued that driving under the influence of alcohol is not grounds for deportation.
Beiber good for economy
The second part of the White House statement highlighted the benefits which Bieber could bring to the U.S. economy.
“So we'll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case, but we’re glad you care about immigration issues. Because our current system is broken.”
“Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next 20 years. For those of you counting at home, that’s 12.5 billion concert tickets - or 100 billion copies of Mr. Bieber’s debut album,” the statement added.
Over the last year, Bieber’s erratic behavior has at times overshadowed his music career as the singer who shot to fame at age 15.
The petition against him claims the star is a threat to American society and its youth.
“We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture,” it said.
“We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive and drug-abusing Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked,” it continued.
“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.”