Talk about one really lame response. Today the White House officially answered a viral We The People petition to deport Canada’s Justin Bieber. We won’t share the whole response (you can read it here), but we will share this:
The We the People terms of participation state that, “to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition.”
So we’ll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case, but we’re glad you care about immigration issues. Because our current system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers, and 11 million people are living in the shadows.
That status quo isn’t good for our economy or our country. We need common-sense immigration reform to make sure everyone plays by the same set of rules.
Not only is it the right thing to do morally, it’s the right thing for our country: Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next 20 years. For those of you counting at home, that’s 12.5 billion concert tickets — or 100 billion copies of Mr. Bieber’s debut album.
Meanwhile, the White House has no problem addressing Mr. Bieber’s case, but doesn’t want to address very specific questions about hunger strikers right in front of the White House protesting an end to the separation of families.
So in summary:
A Canadian pop star at least gets a response, albeit a lame one, while real people facing immigration realities every day get nothing.