Forget North Korea and Iran. President Obama has a new international crisis to deal with: Justin Bieber. After police arrested the Canadian pop star in January for drunken drag racing and driving without a license, a group of concerned Americans started a petition to deport Bieber back to Canada. By law, the President must respond to any petition with over 100,000 signatures, and “Deport Justin Bieber” has received over 249,000 as of February 6th. This is not the first time a celeb has faced deportation. In 2011, Japan deported Russell Brand because of his history of drug possession arrests in England. Brand had been trying to see his then-wife Katy Perry perform, but took the deportation in stride, tweeting, “Just asked my guard out for vegetarian sushi.” Brand likely got sympathy from Paris Hilton who was also given the boot from Japan in 2010 because of her own drug possession conviction. But deportations aren’t just for drug offenses. In 2009, hip-hop artist Shyne was deported from the U.S. to his native Belize after his involvement in a New York nightclub shooting. And in 1960, before gaining worldwide fame, Paul McCartney was staying in a dingy apartment in Hamburg, Germany. One night, McCartney and original Beatles drummer Pete Best set fire to some small objects in the apartment, using the flames to see better. German authorities charged McCartney and Best with arson, and deported them back to England. It is possible to return to a country even after being deported, usually after a waiting period and filing the appropriate forms. McCartney has performed multiple times in Germany since his deportation. That’s good news for Justin Bieber fans. Even if he’s deported, Bieber Fever may be here to stay.
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