Justin Bieber's recent behavioral missteps are beginning to demand some very high-level attention, as a petition to deport the Canadian pop star from the United States may soon receive a response from the White House. At a press conference on Friday, White House spokesman Jay Carney was asked whether the president would address the "We the People" petition, which has garnered nearly 236,000 signatures.
"That process will occur, as is our commitment," Carney said, according to Mediaite. "There will be a response when the threshold is crossed. That response will come, I’m sure, relatively soon. I don’t have one now on matters related to visas. I would refer you to DHS." The petition has, in fact, already passed the threshold of 100,000 signatures after which the Obama administration is obligated to respond.
"We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture," the petition reads. "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."
The petition was created on January 23rd, the same day the 19-year-old singer was arrested for drunken drag racing in Miami. Bieber is set to be arraigned on Valentine's Day in Miami on charges of drunk driving, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.
In the meantime, Bieber also turned himself in to Toronto Police on Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a limo driver in December. (His lawyer contends that the singer is innocent in the case.) Trouble followed young Bieber on his way back into the United States on Friday when his private jet was detained at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport and searched for drugs, Reuters reports. A law enforcement source told the news agency that U.S. customs officials believed they smelled marijuana on members of Bieber's entourage, but after several hours of questioning, no illegal drugs were found and no charges were brought.