A petition asking President Obama to deport Justin Bieber and revoke his visa is quickly gaining popularity on the White House’s “We The People” page Friday morning.
“We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked,” the petition reads. “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.”
Launched Thursday, the petition had nearly 6,000 signatures as of about 10 a.m. Friday. It still needs 94,000 more in order to earn an official response from the White House.
Mr. Bieber, a Canadian pop singer, was arrested and charged with drunken driving in Florida earlier this week.
An immigration lawyer told ABC that a first-time DUI charge usually isn’t enough to get immigration authorities to pursue a deportation case, but it could be done.
Contrary to the petition, Mr. Beiber is not in the U.S. on a green card, which signals legal permanent residency. He is here on an O-1 visa, according to the Hollywood Reporter. That visa is granted to athletes, high-profile academics or others the government deems exceptional in their fields and worthy of letting into the country.