At the center of the recent Hollywood scandal centerpiece sits the one and only Canadian born, Justin Bieber. Bieber’s recent arrest in Miami over drag racing and driving under the influence has led to much dispute about whether he will end up being deported right back to where he started, Canada. Although the crimes at hand are not patently grounds for dismissal from America, his other recent misdemeanors, such as egging a home leading to $20,000 worth of damage, are not exactly painting him a more promising future. Immigration laws claim that Bieber may be subject to ‘moral turpitude’, in other words, moral or unethical behavior are grounds for deportation.
As the world is discussing whether or not our fellow Canadian should be deported back to his homeland, it is worthwhile to note what situation he would find himself in if roles were reversed. Meaning, if Bieber were an American living in Canada, and being subjected to Canadian Law and Canadian Immigration laws in the future. If Bieber were an American and had been in Canada while his offences occurred, this would cause further troubles should he ever want to re-enter Canadian grounds. Sets of regulations would be enforced in order for him to be re-admissible and his criminal record would be assessed to determine his level of criminality. Depending how long it has been since the crime was committed, he would be eligible for a record suspension in order to gain admissibility. Should he want to gain entry into Canada for a certain period of time, a Temporary Resident Permit could be issued, but this would not solve his problem in the long run. Considering the offences that Bieber was accused of are seen as non-serious criminality offences, and if ten or more years have passed, then he would most likely be deemed rehabilitated and no longer criminally inadmissible. Should the crime have been convicted in Canada, he would have been able to receive a record suspension, meaning that all crimes be removed from his criminal record. Receiving a record suspension is the only way that a crime having been convicted in Canada can lead to re-gained admissibility. Rehabilitation factors would also be taken into account should Bieber ever want to return to Canada following his offences. These factors include community ties, a stable life, social and professional skills and if the offence was unrepeated (aspects that seem less than likely in the case of this fame-crazed teenage boy).
Whether or not Bieber will be joining us Canadians back in our mother country, his unlawful behavior doesn’t seem likely to be in his favor in years to come.
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