After Justin Bieber’s arrest for a DUI in January, a petition began to circulate around the internet to deport him back to Canada. The petition got 273,968 signatures, almost three times the 100,000 signature requirement for the White House to officially acknowledge it.
Finally, after months of waiting, people have gotten the response they were waiting for. Although, it may not have been the response that they wanted. “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one,” the statement said.
“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.”
Although they did not write about the issues the singer has had, or trouble he has stirred up with the law, they did take the opportunity they had to talk about immigration reform.
“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. You better believe it.”
The statement ended with what kind of sounded like the end of a flight attendant’s last announcement before you get off the plane. “All around the world, people look at America as a place of opportunity. And with comprehensive, common-sense immigration reform, we can make sure it stays that way. Thanks for your petition. While we weren’t able to address your direct concerns about Mr. Bieber, we hope you believe your We the People experience was a positive one.”
Bieber’s trial is scheduled for May 5th.
What do you think about this petition? Necessary or petty?