Or actually, he didn’t.
Canadian teenage pop sensation, Justin Bieber, appears to be suffering from “affluenza.” But if he isn’t careful, he will be on a one-way ticket to Canada.
Last night, Bieber was charged with resisting arrest and a DUI after illegally participating in street-racing upon leaving a strip club. Police reports also show that he had consumed alcohol and marijuana, and he faces up to 6 months in jail. Earlier, Bieber’s mansion was raided after he allegedly damaged his neighbor’s home, causing $20,000 worth of damage , which constitutes a felony crime in California. He also allegedly assaulted a man in Hamptons last year but escaped conviction.
People have been arrested, convicted and deported for far less. At least 1,200 people, including lawful permanent residents, are deported from the U.S. daily on far lesser charges. In fact, Credo Mobilize is running a campaign right now about Miguel Morales Patzan, an undocumented worker, who was jailed for 10 days for driving without a license, and now faces deportation.
Ideally, Justin Bieber should not serve as an example to enforce draconian criminal and immigration laws. He is a young man who shot to stardom overnight, and has faced immense pressures as a result. He is also berated and derided as a “faggot” for his infamous allegedly lesbian haircuts. But alas, Bieber will be just another case of rich, white privilege, if he manages to avoid deportation, again.
The teen superstar is here on a temporary visa, an O-1, which is usually reserved for foreign nationals with extraordinary ability. There are several ways in which he can be subject to deportation. While he is in jail, ICE could place a hold on him for his DUI charge in Florida, and take Bieber into custody even before he is convicted of any charges. If Bieber is prosecuted and convicted of the felony charge in California for egging his neighbor’s home, depending on the prison term, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can initiate deportation proceedings, and possibly deport him to Canada.
Had Bieber been a brown kid, he would’ve been well on his way out: arrested, charged, prosecuted, convicted and deported from the country before he could utter another lyric. Worse, if he was black like Richard Sherman, he would be berated as a “thug” or shot dead. But Bieber has white millionaire credentials so it is more than likely that he will continue to live in the U.S. for now.