(Yahoo!) - Oh, Canada.
There were 273,968 people who signed a petition on the official White House website to have Canadian singer Justin Bieber deported. The document was created Jan. 23, the day that Bieber, 20, was pulled over while drag racing in Miami and arrested, and later charged with DUI, resisting arrest without violence, and driving with an expired driver's license.
The anti-Bieber petition also asked that his green card be revoked, although technically he's on an O-1 visa, which allows individuals with "extraordinary ability or achievement" in their field to stay stateside.
The White House, which responds to any petition with more than 100,00 signatures, finally spoke to the Bieber situation Friday.
"Sorry to disappoint, but we won't be commenting on this one," the response read. It goes on to explain that the terms of the website give the White House the option of declining to address certain issues.
The government had more to say in its statement, though, and took the opportunity to weigh in on the importance of immigration reform, written in a way that those familiar with the Biebs would appreciate.
"Not only is it the right thing to do morally, it's the right thing for our country: Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next 20 years," the statement read. "For those of you counting at home, that's 12.5 billion concert tickets — or 100 billion copies of Mr. Bieber's debut album. You better believe it."
The response also made a reference to a certain Bieber song in a call to action for one particular political party.
"Never say never — House Republicans could do this tomorrow," it read.
Justin, meanwhile, is free to stay in the U.S. Immigration law says an individual's visa is only revoked if he's convicted of a violent crime or sentenced to more than a year in prison, per the Associated Press.
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