29 Jan 2014

Online petition for Bieber to be deported

7:03 am on 29 January 2014

More than 40,000 Americans have signed a petition calling for President Barack Obama to revoke pop star Justin Bieber's visa and deport him to Canada following his arrest last week.

The Miami-Dade Police Dept booking photo of Justin Bieber.

The Miami-Dade Police Dept booking photo of Justin Bieber. Photo: AFP / Miami-Dade Police Department

Bieber, 19, was charged in Miami, Florida, on Thursday with driving under the influence, resisting arrest without violence and driving without a valid licence.

The petition was launched on Whitehouse.gov hours after Bieber's arrest.

It states: "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 campaign has garnered more than 40,000 signatures, but must reach 100,000 before White House staff will agree to review it and "ensure it's sent to the appropriate policy experts".

The White House petition is not the only campaign that has been launched following his arrest - 17 additional petitions calling for the same action have appeared online.