A petition calling for the deportation of Canadian pop star Justin Bieber quickly reached the 100,000-signature threshold that requires a reply from the Obama administration.
But the White House still declined to address the issue, saying it wanted “to avoid the appearance of improper influence,” according to its “We the People” website.
It sure sounds like buck-passing, a skill the administration has mastered. Speaking of mastery, the White House did use the Bieber petition as an opportunity to peddle a pet piece of legislation – immigration reform.
“We’re glad you care about immigration issues,” the White House said in the response posted on the website. “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.”
What? The petitioners tell the president they want the vandalizing, smart-mouthed punk out of here, and the official administration response is to pitch them a used car that’s been sitting on the lot for years?
The White House response also said:
That status quo isn’t good for our economy or our country. We need common-sense immigration reform to make sure everyone plays by the same set of rules.
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. For those of you counting at home, that’s 12.5 billion concert tickets — or 100 billion copies of Mr. Bieber’s debut album.
Apparently, the White House doesn’t spend a lot of time thinking through these things. If the petitioners want the kid deported, why in the world would they be interested in buying his albums and tickets to his concerts?
The response ended by saying:
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.
How could the experience be positive when the petitioners’ concerns weren’t even remotely addressed?
It’s kinda like standing in line all afternoon at the Department of Motor Vehicles, only to have the door closed in your face at 5 p.m. Positive experience? Hardly.
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