Anti-secession forces fight back with White House deportation petitions

David Martosko Executive Editor
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A recent rush of petitions to the White House’s website from anti-Barack Obama partisans hoping their states will secede from the U.S. has produced its first backlash: online petitions asking the Obama administration to exile anyone who signed them.

Two such petitions launched Nov. 12 in the White House’s “We the People” section.

“Mr. President,” reads one, “please sign an executive order such that each American citizen who signed a petition from any state to secede from the USA shall have their citizenship stripped and be peacefully deported.”

“Deport Everyone That Signed A Petition To Withdraw Their State From The United States Of America,” reads the other. (RELATED: Anti-secession forces fight back with White House deportation petitions)

Petitions representing 49 of the 50 U.S. states are now pending on the White House’s website. As of Tuesday afternoon, Vermont was the lone holdout.

In all, more than 450,000 people have signed the secession petitions. Two, from Texas and Louisiana, have attracted the 25,000 signatures required for an Obama administration review.

The two deportation petitions have attracted a combined total of about 7,500 signatures.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s office said Tuesday, however, that the former GOP presidential candidate does not support the withdrawal of Texas from the United States. (RELATED OPINION: Secession, y’all: Why Texas can pull it off)

“Gov. Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it. But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government,” the statement read.

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