Justin Bieber was detained for a second set of questions that took four hours on his return from Asia to LAX. His entourage was forced to wait outside the airport while he went through the questioning, and this is something they will all go through every time the Canadian leaves the country. This is not completely due to his recent stints with the law, but they certainly come into play.
According to a source, the second set of questions is routine for all those foreign nationals entering the country. His recent legal problems have definitely placed him higher up on the list for questioning to make sure he is not bring in any drugs.
The 20-year-old singer has been the center of a number of legal issues since the start of the year. It all started when he was accused of throwing eggs at a neighbor’s home, although that has not led to an arrest of the Boyfriend singer. After that, he was arrested for DUI in Miami and later turned himself in while in Toronto for an offense at the end of the previous year.
His girlfriend, Selena Gomez, has also recently been subpoenaed for a trial against him surrounding an altercation from May 2012. That is still ongoing, and she is yet to take the stand to testify against him. However, she is worried that it will destroy their relationship depending on the questions she will be forced to answer.
Bieber was detained for four hours at LAX after returning from Singapore, where he was performing at a concert. He did not manage to stay out of the headlines even there. During his trip, he was involved in a controversial tweet from inside Yasukuni Shrine. Believing it was just for prayers, he shared a selfie with the caption “thank you for your blessings.” The shrine is actually there to commemorate those who died in World War II, and he received a lot of backlash from those offended by his mistake.
Shortly after his DUI arrest in Miami, over 200,000 people signed an online petition to have the Canadian singer deported from the USA. Since so many had signed, it would go to the White House, where members of the government would have to respond. Unfortunately for those who chose to sign it, the White House has responded with the decision not to comment, citing the “We the People” terms that allow them to do this. It means Bieber will not be forced out of the country any time soon, unless his arrests force that to happen.
The White House does admit that the current immigration system is broken, but that is not likely to make anybody happier about the current situation with the troublesome star. Many parents signed the petition due to the influence that the 20-year-old has on their children, and the bad example he is setting others.
Being detained in the airport was likely a happy thing for many of those who signed the petition. There may have been the hope that he would be sent back home. However, the four hour questioning while Bieber was detained at LAX was just routine, and will happen every time he returns to the country from anywhere else in the world.
By Alexandria Ingham