Justin Bieber, the 19-year-old Canadian singer, now faces 3 separate legal troubles and has just settled another. The day after being arraigned in Miami, Florida for drag racing and resisting arrest with non-violence, Bieber turned himself in to the Toronto police department. This time, Bieber has been accused of allegedly assaulting a limo driver last year.
These 4 separate legal issues have caused many Americans to wonder if they even want Justin Bieber in the United States. So many Americans are wondering that over 100,000 signed a “We The People Petition.”
The petition, Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card, needed 100,000 signatures to meet the petition threshold. As of this report, there are 248,079 signatures on the WhiteHouse.gov petition website. The Obama Administration will now have to weigh in on Justin Bieber’s deportation status.
According to Time, a White House spokesperson stated, “Every petition that crosses the threshold will be reviewed by the appropriate staff and receive a response.” The spokesperson continued to explain, “Response times vary based on total volume of petitions, subject matter, and a variety of other factors.”
Let’s take a moment to look at the 19-year-olds legal troubles that have contributed to the possibility of deportation.
- The Egging
Justin Bieber has been accused by his neighbor of egging his home. The egging incident has resulted in $20,000 worth of damage. There is a security video that the police have taken as evidence.
- The Miami Case
Just last week, Bieber was arrested in Miami, Florida. He had been pulled over for drag racing. Bieber was given a breathalyzer test where he blew .011 and .014 at the police station. According to CNN.com, Florida’s legal limit for drives under the age of 21 is .02. Bieber also failed the sobriety test and admitted to drinking, using marijuana and taking prescription drugs.
- Limo Assault
While it seems to be unclear what Bieber’s role was in the limo driver assault, it was reported by Rollingstone.com that one of the members of Bieber’s entourage assaulted the limo driver. Bieber appeared in Toronto the day after being arraigned in Miami and turned himself in.
- Assault on His Bodyguard
CNN reported only yesterday that Bieber settled a case out of the courtroom with his bodyguard, Moshe Benabou. Mr. Benabou filed a case against him after Bieber reportedly punched him in the chest and upper body area.
The assault was brought on by Bieber perceiving that Mr. Benabou was keeping one of Bieber’s entourage away from him. Mr. Benabou did not fight back or protect himself during the assault.
What Is a “We The People Petition?”
In September of 2011, the WhiteHouse.gov website launched a part of the site that would allow Americans to petition the government. Originally, a petition only needed 150 signatures within 30 days. Now, it’s required that the petition reaches 100,000 within 30 days.
Will Justin Bieber Get Deported?
Americans everywhere are calling for the White House to give an official statement and deport Justin Bieber. With 100,000 signatures on the “We The People Petition”, the White House must give a statement.
The petition is open until February 22, 2014 and with only 17 days to go, there are no more signatures required. The following is the petition that may cause Justin Bieber to get deported,
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. He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nation’s youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.”
While the White House has yet to weigh in on Bieber’s deportation status, Virginia Senator Mark Warner has offered to sign the petition. The Times reported the Senator saying, that “as a dad with three daughters, is there some place I can sign?”
Being in the global limelight does have its disadvantages especially when there is undesirable behavior. Do you think that Justin Bieber should be deported? Do you believe that his actions are dangerous, reckless, and destructive? Or do you think he is just being another 19-year-old and that his shenanigans should be overlooked? Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.