Justin Bieber petition has enough signatures
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Justin Bieber missed the Grammys Sunday so where is he? Tomorrow he'll be in court in Toronto facing a charge of allegedly assaulting a limousine driver in late December. On top of that, the president of the United States will now have to get involved in Bieber fever.
Over 100,000 people have signed a petition on a white house website asking that Bieber take his act back to Canada and not return.
He's not a U. S. citizen and is here on a special visa granted to artists, actors, and the like. "He's just a teenager that went nuts!" says Fort Myers immigration attorney Ricardo Skerrett. "He's going to have problems renewing his visa."
It was at four in the morning last Thursday when Bieber was caught by the Miami Beach Police and charged with Driving Under the Influence. Before he even got to court that afternoon, a petition was started at whitehouse.gov saying in part; "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."
According to reports, when there are 100,000 signatures on a petition at whitehouse.gov, President Obama has to address the issue.
"Any foreign national in his circumstances will have problems getting his Visa renewed," explained Skerrett. He is addressing the issue for us, saying it's not being deported that should be Bieber's biggest concern, but rather getting convicted of the DUI, because then he might not get his Visa renewed when that time comes. "That person needs to demonstrate good moral character for the previous five years before the petition is filed and a DUI conviction is deemed for immigration purposes to be lack of moral character," Skerrett futher explained. When asked if he's seen that happen he said, "Yes."
But, he's wondering, as are many others, will all this apply to someone this famous and worth, according to Celebrity Net Worth, $130 million and who's also arguably the richest 19 year old ever? "Whether Justin Bieber has that problem or not in the future, I don't know," added Skerrett. "Because he's Justin Bieber."
There is another petition to the Obama administration asking it "not" to deport Bieber. That one has less than 1,500 signatures, or 98,500 less than what it takes to matter.
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