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4:57 PM, Apr 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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This ought to be an easy one for the White House which has been petitioned to take action in a matter of national importance that ought to be a political slam dunk. The people on one side are all too young to vote and those on the other are full of passionate intensity (to borrow a phrase) in support of …

the deportation of Justin Bieber.

But as the Hill reports, Bieber is:

… not going anywhere. The White House is refusing to weigh in on a petition that gained the support of more than 273,000 people to deport the Canadian-born pop star. In an official response titled "Believing in Immigration Reform" and posted on the We the People site, the White House wrote, “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one.”

But in its customary schoolmarm tone, the White House did use the opportunity to lecture petitioners on immigration reform, writing with that:

… 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. 

Yeah, yeah.  But upon considering this silly affair one think, Well, if they can’t deport that punk, then how can we ever trust them to control the borders?

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