The White House recently responded to the Deport Justin Bieber petition on its website. After waiting until the petition reached more than 270,000 signatures, the White House finally issued a “no comment” response to the petition, apparently turning down the petition to deport Bieber without saying it outright. Interestingly, the White House spent most of its response to the petitioners not addressing the petition itself, but by selling its immigration agenda. The White House included the following in its response:
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. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers, and 11 million people are living in the shadows. That status quo isn’t good for our economy or our country. We need common-sense immigration reform to make sure everyone plays by the same set of rules. Not only is it the right thing to do morally, it’s the right thing for our country: Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next 20 years. For those of you counting at home, that’s 12.5 billion concert tickets — or 100 billion copies of Mr. Bieber’s debut album.
The more than 270,000 “Deport Justin Bieber” petitioners got White House immigration talking points with very little related to the actual petition itself.
Should the White House have commented in favor of the Justin Bieber petition?
After all, Justin Bieber has gone from being a strong young Christian in the midst of a secular music industry to becoming a poster boy for bad behavior. Here a few of Justin Bieber’s poor choices, courtesy of tvguide.com:
- He started his downward descent with a photo shoot with Kim Kardashian herself. She was 30, he was 16.
- He accepts the Diamond Jubilee Medal from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He wears a backwards cap and striped overalls. He doesn’t bother to hook one of the overalls.
Along with many other poor decisions, Bieber finally decides to top it all off with some 60 mph Lamborghini drag racing in a 30 mph neighborhood at 4 A.M. Bieber was arrested, along with the rapper Khalil, for his early morning drag racing. According to what Bieber admitted to the police in Florida, he was mixing prescription drugs, alcohol, and marijuana while drag racing in an extremely fast sports car.
Should Bieber have been deported because of his harmful effect on the youth? Or should he have the liberty to behave how he wants? Also, should the Obama administration substantively address the more than 270,000 petitioners who wanted Mr. Bieber deported; or should they use the denial to plug some political talking points? Feel free to comment below.
“Bieber Accepts Medal from Canadian Prime Minister” Photo credit: Stephen Harper (Flickr)
Top Photo credit: Abd allah Foteih (Flickr)
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom