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Justin Bieber isn’t getting deported. Yet.

Score one for the Beliebers.

The Obama administration has refused to comment on an official White House petition calling for for pop singer Justin Bieber to be deported and his green card revoked. (Despite what seems to be his omnipresence at parties and clubs throughout the United States and run-ins with the law here, Bieber is actually Canadian.)

The petition was created through the White House website in January. In order for a petition to elicit an official response it must receive 100,000 signatures within 30 days. The petition to deport Bieber has 273,968 signatures.

The White House said it declines to comment on certain petitions "to avoid the appearance of improper influence" because they involve issues such as law enforcement, federal agencies or local governments. Bieber was arrested in Miami Jan. 23 and charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving without a license. He is scheduled to appear in court May 5.

Justin Bieber isn't being deported. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair, File)

But, of course, the White House used interest in the petition to drum up support for immigration reform.

"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," the response reads. It then goes into bullet points about Obama's plan to reform the immigration system, including strengthening border security, streamlining legal immigration and providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

"Thanks for your petition," the response reads. "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."

While Bieber wont' be forced back to Canada, it's unclear if he'll be welcomed in his home land at all. Once a beloved clean-cut tween heartthrob, Bieber was booed at a Canadian awards show earlier this month.

The White House says it has "no comment" on a petition to deport Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, who will continue to hold his U.S. visa. (Reuters)


Katie Zezima is a national political correspondent covering the 2016 presidential election. She previously served as a White House correspondent for The Post.



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