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White House Uses Deport Bieber Petition to Push Immigration Reform

The White House has officially responded to the petition to deport Justin Bieber, a petition that quickly garnered well over the 100,000 signatures required to warrant an official response. Well, sorry to disappoint, but the White House has no interest in weighing in on Justin Bieber’s immigration status.

Why? “To avoid the appearance of improper influence.”

However, because why pass up a good chance for self-promotion, the White House used the vast majority of its petition response to plug its immigration reform agenda, with a few Bieber references sprinkled in. Here are excerpts from their 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.

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.

All around the world, people look at America as a place of opportunity. And with comprehensive, common-sense immigration reform, we can make sure it stays that way.

Thanks for your petition. While we weren’t able to address your direct concerns about Mr. Bieber, we hope you believe your We the People experience was a positive one.

Politics!

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