Friday, January 17, 2014

Justin Bieber and IRAIRA

It's hard to believe that Justin Bieber's allegedly egging of a  neighbor's house could lead to his removal (deportation) from the U.S.A. But, because the egging resulted in about $20,000 in damages, this could be classified as an "aggravated felony" in U.S immigration law. That coupled with his hitting of a photographer could land the young lad in removal proceedings.

Justin Bieber is not a U.S. citizen, or a Legal Permanent Resident of the US, but rather a Canadian citizen with what's called a non-immigrant visa. That means that he has to renew his visa to be able to work and live in the US every year.

Because of a 1996 Congressional law called the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), Bieber could be removed from the US back to his native country, Canada. As the following article outlines,, it is unlikely that he would be deported because of his celebrity status (and his ability to hire the best lawyers money can buy), but many non-US citizen individuals -- permanent residents or visa holders -- are deported because of this IRAIRA law.  

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