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White House Declines Comment on Petition to Deport Justin Bieber

The White House’s We the People petition site requires at least 100,000 signatures for the administration to register an official comment to any issue.

Well, almost any. After a petition to deport singer Justin Bieber drew 273,968 signatures, the White House was forced to come up with something.

On Friday, the site said it would not comment on the idea, citing its terms of participation that give the White House the right to “avoid the appearance of improper influence” over federal agencies and state and local governments.

Instead, the administration used the petition to call for immigration reform.

“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.”

The full response — or non-response — is here.

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