Justin Bieber could be come a ‘persona non grata’ in the US

Justin Bieber could be come a ‘persona non grata’ in the US
February 11, 2014 JEREMY FEIST

Justin Bieber

All right you guys, I get it: An American journeyed up to Canada years ago, grabbed Justin Bieber, and turned him into a star because teenage girls will pay for anything as long as it has a cute face on it. Except then you ruined it and now you want to return him. Well HA! The jokes on you, because you can’t deport him! At least not for another two years, because that’s when his O-1 work permit ends and his crimes could make it impossible for him to renew it. TMZ reports …

Justin Bieber could be ORDERED TO LEAVE THE U.S. if he’s charged and convicted of vandalism in the egging case … TMZ has learned. Bieber — a Canadian citizen — is allowed to live in the U.S. because he has what’s called an O-1 Work Permit … which Immigration issues for foreigners with “extraordinary abilities.” Lots of athletes and entertainers get O-1 status. But here’s the thing. Under the Immigration laws, if someone is convicted of a crime of “moral turpitude” — Immigration can deem that person “inadmissible” for work status in the U.S. Now get this … “moral turpitude” includes crimes involving “malicious destruction of property.” Even if the D.A. decides to file misdemeanor vandalism charges, that could doom Bieber when he reapplies for his 0-1 Permit 2 years from now. If it’s moral turpitude, it doesn’t matter if it’s a misdemeanor or a felony.

All right, analogy time: Imagine Justin as a product, because that’s ostensibly how everyone treats him anyway. You guys came up to Canada, bought him, and he left Canada in perfectly good condition. Well, a few years later, you’re trying to return him for a full refund after you put him through the wash, f*cked around with his wiring and generally ruined him. Sorry, downstairs neighbors, he’s your fault. You broke him. Either unbreak him or deal with the swaggy douche you created.

Jeremy Feist is an (ahem) entertainer from Toronto, Canada. He writes, acts, and performs on stage, and has been a writer for Popbytes for almost three years now. He lives in Toronto with his boyfriend, his incredibly dumb but cute puppy, and his immortal cat.