Justin Bieber makes the news a lot, I don’t normally write about him here at HotTips… but since this is a craze on social media, and it’s potentially a milestone in terms of social media’s ability to produce action out of government (in the form of getting rid of one of the most well-known social icons in the world), I’ll bite this hook. Should the government deport Justin Bieber from the United States and send him back to Canada, taking away his green card and forbid him of reentry? Was what he did a “mistake,” or was it a spoiled brat celebrity telling the world that he’s untouchable? Nobody knows… but some have said their opinion to the White House.
A petition has gone up on the White House’s “We the people” site, which hosts user-generated petitions that can gather signatures from people around the world, in favor of deporting the 19-year old Canadian pop star from the United States. A petition usually doesn’t go anywhere, but if it manages to get 100,000 signatures in a limited amount of time, the White House is required to respond to it, publicly. It took less than 5 days for this one to match that requirement, and then blow past it.
This Petition, which has over 125,000 signatures and climbing at the time of writing this, supports the idea of deporting Justin from the country. Why would such a petition exist? Because, based on his previous actions — Driving while intoxicated, while underage, while drag racing in a residential zone, while high on illegal drugs, with a suspended license — He absolutely should be. Any immigrant in this country would have been already, even without a complicated trial or the media coverage around it. But, because of “who he is,” It’s unlikely that he will be. After all, it’s not really breaking the law if you can buy your way out of it, right? Congress, you’ll back me up on this right!?
Is there really a group of people that are going to petition the White House to NOT do what the law states it should do? He absolutely should be deported, as thousands of people are every year for far less than even ONE of his offenses. Let’s look at the list of every condition in which a green card holder can be deported from the United States. A person may be deportable from the U.S. if he or she:
- was inadmissible at time of U.S. entry or of adjustment of status, or violates the terms of his or her visa, green card, or other status.
- was a conditional permanent resident status (applicable to certain spouses, sons, and daughters of U.S. citizens as well as investor/entrepreneurs, with their spouses, and children) but had this status terminated.
- before, during, or within five years of the date of any U.S. entry, knowingly helped smuggle any other alien trying to enter the United States.
- committed marriage fraud.
- got married less than two years before getting a U.S. green card on that basis, then has the marriage annulled or terminated within the following two years, unless the immigrant can prove that the marriage was not a fraud, meant to evade any provision of the immigration laws.
- is convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude that was committed within five years ) after the date of U.S. admission (or ten years if the person received a green card as a criminal informant and is punishable by a sentence of at least one year.
- has been convicted of two or more crimes involving moral turpitude at any time after U.S. admission, where the two crimes did not arise out of a single scheme of misconduct.
- has been convicted of an aggravated felony at any time after U.S. admission.
- has been convicted of high-speed flight from an immigration checkpoint.
- fails to register as a sex offender.
- has been convicted of a drug crime (or a conspiracy or attempt to commit one), whether in the U.S. or another country, at any time after U.S. admission. There’s an exception for a single offense involving possession for personal use of 30 grams or less of marijuana.
- is, or at any time after U.S. admission has been, a drug abuser or addict. Notice that no actual court conviction is needed to be deportable under this section. The applicant’s own confession to drug use, or evidence on a medical report, could be enough.
- has been convicted of illegally buying, selling, possessing, or engaging in other transactions concerning firearms, weapons, or destructive devices, at any time after U.S. admission.
- has been convicted of committing, or conspiring to commit espionage, sabotage, treason, or sedition, if punishable by at least five years in prison.
- has violated the Military Selective Service Act or the Trading With the Enemy Act.
- has violated certain travel and documentation restrictions or imported aliens for immoral purposes.
- has been convicted of domestic violence, stalking, child abuse, child neglect, or child abandonment, at any time after U.S. admission.
- has violated the portion of a protective order that is meant to stop credible threats of violence, repeated harassment, or bodily injury.
- has committed or conspired to commit human trafficking inside or outside the U.S. or has apparently been a knowing aider, abettor, assister, conspirator, or colluder with in severe forms of human trafficking; or is the trafficker’s spouse, or daughter who, within the past five years, knowingly received any financial or other benefit from the illicit activity.
- failed to advise the immigration authorities, in writing, of a change of address within ten days of the move, unless the person can prove that such failure was reasonably excusable or not willful.
- has been convicted of providing false information in connection with a requirement to register with immigration authorities or of other violations relating to fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other entry documents.
- has received a final order of deportation for document fraud, forgery, counterfeiting, or related violations.
- falsely represents himself or herself as a U.S. citizen in order to gain any immigration or other benefit. An exception is made if the person’s parents (natural or adoptive) are or were U.S. citizens, the person lived in the United States before age 16, and the person reasonably believed himself or herself to be a U.S. citizen.
- is engaged, or at any time after admission engages in espionage, sabotage, or violations or evasions of any law prohibiting export of goods, technology, or sensitive information, or in any other criminal activity that is a danger to public safety or national security, or acts in opposition to, or attempts to control or overthrow the U.S. government by force, violence, or other unlawful means.
- has engaged in or appears likely to engage in terrorist activity, or has incited terrorist activity, or is a representative a terrorist organization or group that endorses or espouses terrorist activity, or is a member of a terrorist organization (unless the person proves that he had no idea of its terrorist aims), or endorses or espouses terrorist activity or persuades others to do so, or has received military-type training from or on behalf a terrorist organization, or is the terrorist’s spouse or child, if the relevant activity took place within the last five years.
- by being present in the U.S., would create potentially serious adverse foreign policy consequences.
- participated in Nazi persecution, genocide, torture, or extrajudicial killings, severe violations of religious freedom, or recruitment or use of child soldiers.
- within five years after U.S. entry, has become a public charge (dependent on need-based government assistance) for reasons that did not arise after the person’s U.S. entry.
- has voted in violation of any federal, state, or local law. An exception is made for people who, based on parentage, reasonably believed themselves to be U.S. citizens.
The two above conditions that are highlighted are conditions in which Mr. Bieber could probably be at risk of deportation, but that doesn’t mean it’ll happen. Decisions on deportation are never made right away, and even then, appeals to immigration court can take months to go through. With Justin’s current financial situation (being, you know, higher than everyone else in the courtroom combined… squared) it’s unreasonable to assume that he’ll be deported from the country… especially from a petition.
What we should take from this, is that any punk kid with money can do whatever he wants in this country, and that smiling for a mug shot tells everyone in the world that you know that’s true. I suppose Miley figured stuff out a little while ago: Any exposure is good exposure, and with that, you’re always untouchable no matter what.
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