A petition calling for the deportation of Justin Bieber surpassed the 100,000 signature threshold, meaning the White House will, by its own rules, issue a response, reports CNN.
The petition was created less than a week ago by haters and quickly amassed the required signatures long before the 30 day deadline for the “We the People” petition program.
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card.
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 nations youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.
As of 9 am. EST Thursday, it had nearly 190,000 signatures.
Will the White House actually look at it?
State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki was asked about the Bieber deportation issue Wednesday in the daily press briefing. She said the petition program doesn’t necessarily mean action would be taken but it’s rather “an opportunity for the voices of the American people” to be heard.
But the terms of the program, as stated on the White House website, says if a petition meets the 100,000 signature threshold, “it will be reviewed by the administration and we will issue a response.”
Psaki said she would check and see what the criteria was for violating a visa, but noted that individual visa cases are confidential.
The White House has drastically cut back on the number of responses it actually issued in the past year. The Washington Times reports that in the final six months of 2013, only one new petition received a response.