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Justin Bieber Deportation Petition Gets a Reaction from the White House

April 22, 2014 Michelle Obama, Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber’s DUI arrest in January inspired a petition to kick the Canadian singer out of the country.

It gathered 273,968 signatures—nearly triple the 100,000 needed to guarantee an official response.

"Sorry to disappoint, but we won't be commenting on this one," the White House's statement read.

"The We the People terms of participation state that, 'to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition.' So we'll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber's case, but we're glad you care about immigration issues. Because our current system is broken."

After presenting its argument for immigration reform, the White House added, "All around the world, people look at America as a place of opportunity. And with comprehensive, common-sense immigration reform, we can make sure it stays that way. Thanks for your petition. While we weren't able to address your direct concerns about Mr. Bieber, we hope you believe your We the People experience was a positive one."

Bieber seemed to promise his fans on twitter that they will see him as a changed person. "This is my time off but my mind is always running. Learned a lot this past year thru trial & error but that is life. Excited for what's next," he wrote. He later tweeted "Always push yourself to be better than the day before."

When asked how Michelle Obama would want to deal with the issues if it were her own son, "I would pull him close. You know, I don't know if it would be [giving] advice as much as [taking] action," the First Lady, 50, while giving an interview in February with the radio host, Enrique Santos. "I would be very present in his life right now. And I would be probably with him a good chunk of the time, just there to talk, to figure out what's going on in his head, to figure out who's in his life and who's not, you know?"

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