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Whitehouse.gov petition urges Justin Bieber's deportation

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Justin BieberSinger Justin Bieber is seen leaving Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami on Jan. 23. (Hector Gabino/El Nuevo Herald/AP)

Poor li'l Justin Bieber: 2014 just doesn't seem to be shaping up any better than his disastrous past year, with a new "We the People" online petition at Whitehouse.gov calling for the troubled singer's ejection from the U.S. and return to Canada

Created last Thursday by a Detroit resident listed simply as J.M., the petition (as of Tuesday afternoon) has surpassed 75,000 signatures, rapidly approaching the golden 100,000 threshold that will trigger an official response from the Obama administration.

EDITOR'S NOTE: As of Wednesday morning (January 29), the petition has surpassed 101,000 signatures. We await an official reaction from the White House.

"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," the petition states.

"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."

Meanwhile, a rival petition started a few days later on the site and pleading on behalf of the London, Ont.-born, Stratford-raised pop star is at around 1,000 signatures.

Though he's often travelling the world on tour, the 19-year-old Bieber resides in the U.S. in the gated California community of Calabasas, a celebrity enclave northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

He carries an O-1 visa that allows individuals "of extraordinary ability in the arts" to stay in the U.S.

According to U.S. law, only violent crimes or receiving a sentence longer than one year will prompt a reevaluation of his visa status.

Camp Bieber hasn't responded to the duelling petitions inspired by his bad-boy antics, but likely have other things on their mind — namely his Valentine's Day date in Florida with a judge over his recent street-racing incident, his most recent brush with the law that has riled the American public.

A Miami-Dade County judge has set Feb. 14 as the date for the singer's arraignment on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired licence. Still, he might not be required to attend.

For the beleaguered young performer, perhaps staying under the radar, offline and keeping his proverbial nose clean and to the grindstone might be the best thing.

Tags: antics, bad-boy, charges, court, deportation, Justin Bieber, online petition

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