White House Responds to Justin Bieber Deportation Petition

7:49 AM PST 04/21/2014 by Harley Brown, Billboard
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"Deport Justin Bieber and Revoke His Green Card" received almost 275,000 signatures after the singer's January arrest in Miami for DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.

The White House has responded to a petition started in January to deport Justin Bieber following his Miami arrest for DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.

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"Deport Justin Bieber and Revoke His Green Card" received almost 275,000 signatures, well over the 100,000 minimum that requires an official White House response.

"Thanks for your petition and your participation in We the People," the statement reads. "Sorry to disappoint, but we won't be commenting on this one."

Taking the opportunity to comment on immigration reform, the statement continues, "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."

"So we'll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber's case, but we're glad you care about immigration issues," it finishes. Read the full statement here.

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U.S. immigration law states that authorities do not revoke an individual's visa (Bieber is living in the U.S. thanks to an O-1 visa, issued to anyone with "extraordinary ability or achievement" in their field, including the arts) unless the person has been convicted of a violent crime or sentenced to more than one year of imprisonment, neither of which are applicable to DUI offenses.

On April 14, Bieber was a no-show at his latest court hearing on a recent charge of assaulting a limo driver, Abdul Mohar, after leaving a Toronto nightclub in December of last year.

Between making the legal rounds (or not), Bieber found time to join Chance the Rapper onstage at Coachella, where the two performed the singer's track "Confident," featuring the Chicago MC.

A version of this article originally appeared on Billboard.com.

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