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During the annual State of the Union address, President Barack Obama apparently left out one issue that’s on the minds of many Americans… the deportation of Justin Bieber!
But now, thanks to an online petition, the Prez will be forced to comment on the 19-year-old Canadian native’s fate in the United States!
So how exactly did this issue make it to the Oval Office?
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Following JB’s Jan. 23 arrest for driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license, a citizen used the White House’s We The People site to create an online petition—titled “Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card”—that called for the singer to be sent back to his native country.
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“We the people of the United State feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture,” the petition reads. “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 nation’s youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.”
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Per the official policy of the We The People citizen’s portal, any petition that receives more than 100,000 signatures within 30 days will get an official statement from the White House.
In the week since the petition was started, “Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card” has already received more than 102,000 signatures.
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Prior to Bieber’s run-ins with the law, he was friendly with the Commander-in-chief. Justin was invited to the White House’s annual Easter egg roll in 2010 and even sang for the President’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, at a 2011 Christmas concert in Washington.
We’d even go as far as to say he was a fan of the troubled pop star; during a 2011 visit to a Virginia school, a young girl asked him if he knew Justin Bieber.
“I do,” President Obama told the fan. “He’s a very nice young man.”