White House on deport Bieber petition: No comment

White House on deport Bieber petition: No comment

Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella

INDIO, CA - APRIL 13: Singer Justin Bieber performs with Chance The Rapper during Day 3 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 13, 2014 in Indio, California.

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by Associated Press

khou.com

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 18 at 6:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- The White House has two words for those who want President Barack Obama to deport Justin Bieber: No comment.

Nearly 275,000 people signed an Internet petition calling the Canadian-born teen idol reckless and asking Obama to revoke his green card. That's far more than required to merit an official response through the White House's "We the People" program.

The White House says it's sorry to disappoint, but it won't be commenting. It's citing a caveat that lets the White House decline to address certain petitions.

But the White House is using the occasion to argue that an immigration overhaul could shrink deficits by nearly $1 trillion over two decades. The White House says that's equivalent to 12.5 billion concert tickets - or 100 billion copies of Bieber's debut album.

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