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Justin Bieber Becomes Topic of State Department Briefing

Image courtesy of Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department (via ABC News Radio)

How all-consuming is the topic of Justin Bieber 's bad behavior?  His name even came up in a State Department briefing on Wednesday.

A petition on the White House website We the People calling for the deportation of the Canadian singer , following his arrest for DUI and other charges last week, has now garnered more than 100,00 signatures, which means the White House must respond. When asked about it at the briefing on Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki (SOCK-ee) told reporters, "We're getting down quite a rabbit hole here with Justin Bieber, but…I will check and see what the visa implications would be for anybody who is found of possibly violating the law.”

She added, however, that the decision wasn't hers. "That's an action that I would point you to the White House, on what steps they may or may not take," she said, adding that such a petition "doesn't always determine a step will be taken."

It is unlikely that Justin could be deported for his alleged crimes, which also include driving with an expired license.  The Hollywood Reporter notes that the singer would have to be convicted of a violent crime or be sentenced to more than one year in prison for the notion to be considered.  If convicted, this would be Justin's first DUI offense, so there's a maximum penalty of only six months in jail.

The petition, which was created the day of Justin's arrest, reads, in part, "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."

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