The White House is refusing to answer an online petition seeking to have Justin Bieber deported, claiming Justin is a “terrible influence on our nation’s youth.”
The White House responded to the nearly 274,000 petitioners on the official site:
Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one.
The We the People terms of participation state that, “to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition.”
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. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers, and 11 million people are living in the shadows.
That status quo isn’t good for our economy or our country. We need common-sense immigration reform to make sure everyone plays by the same set of rules.
The petition against Justin was filed on the White House’s website in January under the topic “Believing in immigration reform” and quickly drew the 100,000 online signatures needed to trigger an official response.
It had the most signatures of any current petition on the website, including one to pardon Edward Snowden.