Andrew Rosenthal is wondering the same thing I am. Why hasn’t Justin Bieber been deported?
A foreign national living in the United States on a work visa is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana, alcohol and prescription drugs, while drag racing in a residential area. Given the climate of hostility toward immigrants in many parts of the country, and the Obama administration’s love affair with deportation, you’d expect him to be sitting in a holding cell awaiting a one-way trip out of the country.
At least you would expect that if he were poor, obscure and, say, Hispanic. But what if the malfeasant were wealthy, famous and, say, Justin Bieber?
The answer is that Biber is here on a O-1 visa. Individuals with “extraordinary” gifts in the arts are eligible (which just goes to show there is no accounting for taste). Under Federal law, re-evaluation of O-1 visa status only occurs for prison sentences longer than 1-year.
Perhaps it is time for Congress to reconsider the O-1 visa conditions. Drag racing and DUI are serious offenses that can injure or kill other road users. Why should such dangerous individuals be permitted to remain in the country?