A petition demanding the deportation of pop icon Justin Bieber has found no real comment from the White House. The official statement from the White House was instead intended to inform the petitioners that the issue was actually beyond the concerns of the White House. Issued on April 18, the statement literally said “sorry to disappoint” and sided with the 20-year old singer.
The petition seeking that Bieber be deported as well as his Green Card be revoked, found support from over a 100,000 people who signed the petition. Kicking up huge media attention, the petitioners demanded that the native Canadian singer leave the United States after he was arrested in January 2014 in Miami. The singer was charged with Driving Under Influence (DUI).
The petitioners felt that Bieber was misrepresenting them in the world pop culture arena. Accusing Bieber of being a reckless, dangerous, drug abusive and destructive, they demanded that he be deported from the U.S. and that his green card be revoked. The petitioners did not stop there: They dubbed Bieber not just a threat to the safety of the people of the U.S, but also a bad example for the youth. The petition wound up with a demand to remove him from their society.
The statement coming out from the White House clearly washed its hands off the issue: It said that since there were “other” federal agencies that could comment on Bieber’s case, they were going to leave it to those agencies. Citing the terms of participation of We the People, it pointed out that the White House may refuse to comment on certain matters like law enforcement, adjudicatory, procurement or other similar issues that fall within the jurisdiction of federal agencies or departments. Simply put, the White House had no comment on Justin Bieber’s deportation.
However, the White House statement continued saying they were happy to see that the petitioners cared about the issues in immigration. Labeling the current system as “broken,” the statement said that a number of employees tricked the system by employing workers without the right documentation. According to the statement, there are an estimated 11 million people who do earn their living through under-the-table payments.
Acknowledging that this state-of-affairs was not the route to a healthy U.S. economy, the White House statement felt that an immigration reform powered by common sense was the answer to leveling the field for everyone. It felt that this was not just morally correct, but also the best thing for the country.
Immigration reform has been predicted by independent economists to further the U.S. economy. They feel that over the next 20 years, the reforms would reduce the country’s deficits by nearly one trillion dollars: The statement trains the focus back onto Bieber by comparing that figure to 100 billion copies of Bieber’s debut album or 12.5 billion concert tickets.
It’s not just the White House that had nothing to comment over the petition to deport Justin Bieber: Neither the singer nor his music schedule seem to have taken a set-back with all the attention the petition has garnered over the past four months. He is back in the studio recording; he was seen cozying up to Selena Gomez at Coachella just a few days ago, when he also took to the stage for a surprise performance with Chance The Rapper.
Opinion by Aruna Iyer