WASHINGTON (CNN) — The White House has declined to comment on a “Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card” petition, saying the “We the People” Whitehouse.gov petition system allows the Executive Office to dodge comments “to avoid the appearance of improper influence.”
Although the official response posted on Friday did not address the petition’s position directly, the White House did drop a few Bieber references, while making its case for the President’s immigration plan.
“Not only is it (immigration reform) the right thing to do morally, it’s the right thing for our country,” the response says. “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.”
More than 273,000 people signed the petition, which calls…
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