Over 100,000 people sign petition to send pop star back to Canada

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition to deport Canadian citizen Justin Bieber out of America.

The campaign follows his arrest earlier this month for drunk driving and driving without a valid license.

The “Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card” petition on the White House’s petition website currently has over 101,000 signatures at the time of writing. According to US Government protocol, once a petition has over 100,000 signatures, it must be reviewed by White House staff, who will have to respond to it.

A statement from the petition’s creator reads: “We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture.

“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.”

The pop singer was pulled over in Miami on January 23 after his yellow Lamborghini was spotted as one of two vehicles racing at 4.09am. Miami police spokesman Sergeant Bobby Hernandez revealed that 19-year-old Bieber resisted arrest and failed a field sobriety test after being caught driving at double the 55mph speed limit. Bieber “had been smoking marijuana and he did consume a beer” according to Hernandez.

Bieber was released on a $2,500 (£1,505) bond, alongside his friend Khalil Amir Sharieff, whose bond was set lower, at $1,000 (£602). Bieber’s arrest marks his second run in with the police in 2014 after he was questioned over the egging of his neighbour’s house in Calabasas, California earlier in January.