As Justin Bieber’s legal troubles grow, so does the possibility that immigration officials could send the pop star back to Canada, where he was born.
Bieber’s arrest early Thursday morning in Miami Beach for allegedly drag racing and driving under the influence — first-degree misdemeanors — are not necessarily crimes that would lead to deportation, New York City immigration attorney Michael Wildes, whose firm’s clients have included John Lennon, told ABC News.
“But if ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) wanted to go after him, they could make a case,” Wildes said. “That and the eggs is opening files in multiple government agencies and states, and could make it more likely.”
The “eggs” Wildes referred to is the ongoing Los Angeles police investigation into a neighbor’s accusation that Bieber threw eggs at his house and caused $20,000 worth of damage.
Police searched the 19-year-old singer’s home Jan. 14 for any connection between him and the egg-tossing incident and arrested a member of Bieber’s entourage, Lil Za, for alleged drug possession during the search.
Bieber has not been charged in the egg-throwing incident, but he could face a felony charge of vandalism if evidence indicates he was the culprit.