Treat all immigrants like Justin Bieber?

MoveOn is hosting an online petition that urges federal immigration officials and local police departments to treat all immigrants like Justin Bieber.

I’m not a 12-year-old girl and thus not specifically attuned to the story, but apparently the Canadian heartthrob was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of drunk driving after officers saw him drag racing in a yellow Lamborghini.

The petition, launched by activist Jesus Iñiguez of Presente.org, claims that “the treatment of Justin Bieber has proven that an immigrant can make mistakes and not be slapped with outrageously steep fines by the justice system, or be detained and deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

“We demand that ALL undocumented immigrants be treated the same way,” the petition says. “We’re Beliebers that this form of justice will prevail and that this becomes reflective of the change President Obama promised us.”

Without taking any stance on the issue of immigration, I’ll just say I actually favor deporting Justin Bieber. From the planet.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Who says immigration activists lack a sense of humor?

  • Crazy_Like_A_Fox

    “Without taking any stance on the issue of immigration, I’ll just say I actually favor deporting Justin Bieber. From the planet.”

    I couldn’t agree more!!!!

  • Stan

    It would save taxpayers billions in dollars,and free up police for real crime solving. But the veiled racism of anti Mexican is deeper then any feelings of celebrity Canadians by a factor of several million times.

  • JohnW

    The MoveOn petition aside, I don’t know why the Bieb shouldn’t be deported. My understanding is that Canadian border patrol will not allow a U.S. citizen to enter if a DUI pops up.

  • Elwood

    Well, he’s a disgrace,

    So I”m not a Belieber.

    (with apologies to the Beatles)

  • Apparently you’re not much of a Beatles fan, either. “I’m a Believer” was recorded by the Monkees.

  • nicksr

    I agree, deport all the illegal immigrants. I don’t want them taking away space from and further burdening legal immigrants.

  • jxmkxm@gmail.com

    He’s here LEGALLY!!! Didn’t sneak across the border or overstay on his visa.

  • Oh, jeez, are we taking this seriously? Well, then, according to U.S. News and World Report:

    According to the Immigration and Nationality Act, non-citizens may be deported for crimes that involve “moral turpitude,” “aggravated felony,” a controlled substance, domestic violence, firearms or for other reasons. The categories are as broad and vague as they sound, with usually some overlap, and the specific crimes that qualify for each vary from state to state.

    For instance, attracting attention to Bieber’s egg-throwing accusations is that California law has vandalism, normally considered a misdemeanor, qualifying as a felony if it exceeds $400 in damage. Some postulated that could make Bieber, if convicted of damages that have been estimated as much as $20,000, subject to deportation.

    In the case of Thursday’s DUI charges in Florida, first-time DUIs that resulted in no outside injury or death do not by themselves qualify as a deportable offense. For a crime to be considered as involving “moral turpitude” – which, by State Department definition, most commonly involves elements of fraud, larceny and/or the intent to harm persons or things – it typically also invokes a sentence of a year or more; Bieber is facing six months tops if convicted.

    While some experts suggest that the resisting arrest charge could qualify as aggravated felony, Florida deportation law is shaky at best on this connection. The most likely situation in which Bieber could be considered for deportation, according to experts, is if he was convicted of both the California vandalism (a charge not yet levied) as well as for the Florida DUI. Even if by themselves not deplorable offenses, two separate incidents could qualify for “moral turpitude.”

  • Elwood

    Oops! Well, it’s the thought that counts.

  • Elwood

    Do we have such a shortage of little pimply faced boy singers that we have to import them from Canada?

  • jxmkxm@gmail.com

    And? Your point? I’m just metioning this fool’s petition; Jesus whatever his name is about treating ILLEGAL ALIENS like they belong here…LMFAO!!! They don’t belong here, only solution is to send them back to their own country/countries. If Bieber violated U.S. immigration laws, then YES deport him. But he came here L-E-G-A-L-L-Y…didn’t swim across, take a boat, or overstay on his VISA. You’re talking about 2 different categories here.

  • JohnW

    Heard on the radio today that one of the late night talk show hosts joked that the Bieb’s actions are all part of a political strategy, preparing to run for mayor of Toronto.

  • AndyM

    Really? Do you people realize Canada won’t even let American Citizens into their country, if they have been convicted of a DUI. Something as simple as that. Yet, we in the US let in illegal aliens by the bucket full and they commit all sorts of crimes.

  • Robert Campbell

    actually MoveOn is more interested in getting the police to ignore when they find an “immigrant” with pounds and pounds of pot…just like the LAPD did with Bieber

  • Atticus

    Illegal drug use. Drunk driving. Deport him

  • JohnW

    True, but the name of the album the Bieb released in 2012 was “Believe.”

  • JohnW

    I wonder if Canada sticks to that if, say, Charlie Sheen wants to enter the country. Or any number of U.S. politicians who have been in that kind of trouble.

    According to online sources (which admittedly I have no way to verify), the Bieb is worth a “bucket full” of money ($160 million), makes a “bucket full” of annual income ($50 million plus), pays a “bucket full” of U.S. taxes (more in one year than probably all of us on this board together will pay in a couple of lifetimes), is involved in a number of job-creating venture capital activities, and engages in a considerable amount of philanthropy — notably “Pencils of Promise,” which builds schools in developing countries. Most of us natural born citizens have done little to deserve our status other than win the lucky sperm contest. And if we get on the wrong side of the law, perhaps even kill somebody through involuntary manslaughter, we can serve a little time and still get to stay here.

    The Bieb professes to be a Christian. So, maybe he can somehow find a way through his faith to straighten out his personal life. That would be good for everyone.

  • AndyM

    If you are stopped at the border and they run a criminal records check on you, something as simple as a misdemeanor conviction will keep you out of their country. The rules have been “relaxed” somewhat, because of the public backlash, due to loss of tourism. In general, you can apply to get in, if stopped, and its up to the customs agent to allow you. Other then that, you have to wait 10 yrs from your probation discharge date, then request a “Certificate of Rehabilitation” from the Candadian Government. The US doesn’t do anything like that for Canadian Citizens. Not for a simple misdemeanor conviction (DUI being the biggest). My statements are somewhat generalized, due to space. But, google it and you will find out all you want to know. Including stories of people who were on cruises to Alaska from the US and were turned around at the border. There are even clauses in the cruise ships contract that says if you are caught, they won’t refund your money.