Could Bieber be deported from the USA?
Justin Bieber could be deported to Canada after more than 100,000 people signed a petition to have him removed from the US.PT1M8S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-31o66 620 349 January 30, 2014
As part of the backlash to Justin Bieber's antics, a petition on the White House website calling for the deportation of the Canadian-born teen idol has gained more than 123,983 signatures.
The petition was created by one "J.A." in Detroit on January 23, the day Bieber was busted in Miami Beach for impaired driving and illegal drag racing in a flashy Italian sports car.
"We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture," it reads.
Justin Bieber: problems continue.
"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. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society."
Reckless behaviour or not, video footage has emerged showing that perhaps the Canadian pop star's latest drag racing incident may, too, have been wrongly represented.
Conducting their own investigation, Miami Beach police have subpoenaed website TMZ for all videos related to the incident.
TMZ's footage shows Bieber leaving the club in his rented yellow Lamborghini, but there is no sign of any drag racing, as described in the police report. Watch the video here.
Regardless, the petition has surpassed the 100,000 threshold required for presidential consideration.
"Every petition that crosses the threshold will be reviewed by the appropriate staff and receive a response," assistant White House spokesman Matt Lehrich said.
But State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki cautioned that the petition program "doesn't always determine a step will be taken, it's more of another opportunity for the voices of the American people to be heard.”
There was no comment from Bieber himself who, according to gossip websites, was back in Los Angeles on Wednesday after a weekend beach break in Panama.
Bieber, 19, is understood to be living and working in the US under a renewable O-1 visa for entertainers, rather than a green card for permanent resident status.
It remains unclear whether Bieber's visa to stay in the US would be affected by his arrest.
Now out on bail, Bieber is due back in Miami for a court appearance on Valentine's Day, when he will also face charges of resisting arrest and using an expired driver's licence.