Deport Justin Bieber

by Joseph McKeown

Will Bieber be deported? Many people are  wondering.

Will Bieber be deported? Many people are wondering.

The "We the People" petition to deport Justin Bieber has over 260,00 signatures, well above the 100,000 signature threshold required for the White House to officially respond. The petition (tagged under "Human Rights" and "Women's Issues") states: "We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked." From news reports, it appears that Bieber has an O-1, not a Green Card, so assuming that the petition isn't denied based on these grounds, I consulted my colleague Matt Bray, who as an attorney has several years of experience on deportation cases, on whether deportation via direct presidential executive order could happen. "I’d never say never, but the law as I understand it provides for removal hearings," Matt said. "There are 'expedited' procedures for prisoners with aggravated felonies in correctional facilities, but there are still proceedings. Even people accused of providing 'material support to terrorists' are afforded the 'due process' of removal proceedings. I would be very surprised to hear that someone was deported by a presidential executive order."