White House preparing response to petition calling for Bieber's deportation
Singer Justin Bieber waves from atop an SUV as he leaves the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, Hector Gabino)
Published Friday, January 31, 2014 2:55PM EST
The White House is preparing its response to a petition calling for the deportation of Canadian pop star Justin Bieber.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday that a response to the online petition is on its way.
The petition, created on Jan. 23 on the White House's "We The People" website, calls on U.S. authorities to deport Bieber and revoke his green card. It claims that Bieber is endangering public safety and calls the star "dangerous, reckless, destructive and drug abusing."
Carney said Friday that on matters related to visas, it would be better to consult with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
As of Friday afternoon, the petition had collected over 200,000 signatures. The White House is required to issue a response to submitted petitions that reach over 100,000 signatures.
The petition was created shortly after Bieber was arrested in Miami last week for allegedly drag racing and driving under the influence. Bieber has pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence, resisting police without violence and driving with an expired licence.
On Wednesday, Bieber was in Toronto to face charges in connection with an alleged altercation with a limo driver last December. In a statement issued after he left police headquarters, Bieber's lawyers said that the pop star is innocent.