Thursday, January 30, 2014
Bad boy Justin Bieber, who as reported on ImmigrationProf has run into some troubles with the law (and has just been charged with assault in Toronto), contines to be in the immigration news. USA Today reports that more than 100,000 people have signed a petition to the White House to deport the Canadian pop singer. Bill Hing provided details on the petition in yesterday's blog post. This story from the Guardian analyzes how Bieber would likely face removal if he were a poor immigrant in similar circumstances.
We will see how Bieber's legal proceedings play out. Criminal convictions would seem necessary to ever deport him, especially given his ability to secure immigration counsel. In any event, it seems unlikely that the U.S. government, despite removing in the neighborhood of 400,000 noncitizens a year, would seek Bieber's removal. Still, surprises could happen. Under the Secure Communities program, many noncitizens arrested for minor criminal offenses, such as driving without a license, have been deported. In 2012, a woman knwown as the "tamale lady" was threated with remmoval after an arrest for selling homemade tamales in front of a Walmart in Sacramento. A public outcry convinced the authorities to defer action in that case.