Almost 50,000 Americans have signed an online petition asking for Justin Bieber to be deported. With Bieber's increasing controversies and his recent drag-race arrest, signatories are asking the White House for the California denizen to be sent back to Canada.
"We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture," wrote the petition's creator, Detroit resident J.M. "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."
In just four days, J.M's bold claims have attracted more than 45,000 supporters - well on track for the 100,000 threshold that elicits an official response from the Obama administration. A rival petition, pleading for Bieber to be allowed to stay in the US because "he is a human being [who] makes mistakes", has collected only 537 signatures at the time of writing.
So far, neither Bieber nor his manager, Scooter Braun, have responded to his petitioning opponents. Based on reports, the 19-year-old currently resides in the United States according to the conditions of a 0-1 visa "for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability". He is eligible for deportation if he is convicted of an aggravated felony, a crime of "moral turpitude", or any crime with a prison sentence of at least a year.
Born in London, Ontario, and raised in nearby Stratford, Bieber has previously described Canada as "the best country in the world".
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Original headline: Thousands of Americans sign petition asking for Justin Bieber to be deported
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