If Bieber Were Poor, We'd Deport Him
Sadhbh Walshe on the unfairness of the immigration system
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 29, 2014 12:02 PM CST
In this Sept. 23, 2013, file photo, Justin Bieber performs at a closing concert in Singapore.   (AP Photo/Joseph Nair, File)

(Newser) – So far more than 100,000 people have petitioned President Obama to deport Canadian problem child Justin Bieber. But even though it makes her "die a little" to write about him, Sadhbh Walshe at the Guardian thinks the petition has it wrong—what they should be asking for is a "fairer justice system where all immigrants are treated equally under the law." Because while Bieber will almost certainly walk, most legal immigrants in the same situation would already be in an immigrant detention cell with deportation looming.

US immigration law mandates detention and deportation for all aggravated felonies, and you'd be surprised "just how many crimes are classified as 'aggravated felonies' when committed by immigrants." There are more than 50 categories, including criminal traffic offenses and disturbing the peace. Bieber needn't fear, of course. He's white, whereas most deportees are Latino, and he has a lawyer, while 84% of deportees don't. Unlike criminal proceedings, the state isn't required to provide immigrants with representation. Changing that "may not satisfy Bieber haters," but would bring something positive out of this farce, writes Walshe. Click for her full column.

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Feb 3, 2014 10:31 AM CST
In America or any other country for that matter, rich immigrants can stay because they pay and if you are poor, you are SOL. You have to pay to play.
Feb 2, 2014 5:16 PM CST
He should be deported just wearing that stupid elevated hat. Sorry punk, 5' 6" is still 5' 6".
Jan 30, 2014 9:56 AM CST
Hollywood celebrities have their own legal system, separate from the rest of the country. It's called: 'I'm rich and famous, you can't touch me. No matter what I do!'