(ABC News) -- The White House is gearing up its diplomatic machinery to respond to the latest international issue — a petition to deport bad boy pop star Justin Bieber.
“That response will come I’m sure relatively soon,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today. ”I don’t have one now.”
“On matters related to visas, I’d refer you to DHS,” Carney added, referring the Department of Homeland Security.
Earlier this month, a petition was created on the White House’s “We the People” site calling for the government to deport Bieber and revoke his green card. As of this afternoon, there are 223,269 signatures on this position.
The White House is required to respond to any petitions which garner more than 100,000 signatures, according to the “We the People” standards.
The petition, which was filed on the day the 19-year-old Canadian pop star was arrested for an alleged DUI and drag racing, says “We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked.”
It continues, “He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nation’s youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.”