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Sorry, America: White House won't deport Bieber

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Still have "Baby" stuck in your head on repeat? Funny, that's kind of like how America is stuck with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber.

"Sorry to disappoint, but we won't be commenting on this one," the White House posted in response to a petition started in January called "Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card." The petition, which gained nearly 275,000 signatures, still gave the White House an opportunity to tout its proposed immigration reform, notes TIME.

"Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next 20 years," the White House post says. "For those of you counting at home, that's 12.5 billion concert tickets—or 100 billion copies of Mr. Bieber's debut album."

Good try, Washington, but despite Bieber's status as an O-1 visa holder, reserved for "individuals with an extraordinary ability in the arts," the only ones buying that comparison are diehard Beliebers. --Sarah Eberspacher