A petition for secession in Texas, has garnered more than 60,000 signatures, passing the 25,000 threshold needed to receive a response from the White House.
The petition appeared on a section of the White House website called “We the People,” which invites users who have a US zip code to submit or sign a petition about policy changes they want to see, reports ABC News.
The petition was submitted on Friday of last week and blew past the 25,000 signature mark on Monday at 3:22 pm. Part of the petition reads:
“Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.”
The majority of the signatures on the Texas secession petition came from the Lone Star state, though other signatures came from Arizona, Arkansas, and New Mexico. At least 17 other states have also submitted petitions to secede from the United States, including New Jersey, New York, Colorado, Louisiana, Oregon, Indiana, and Michigan.
While the number of signatures should elicit a response from the White House, the website does give the president’s administration some loopholes. The site stated:
“To avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition.”
The Dallas Morning News notes that Texas Governor Rick Perry has responded to the petition, issuing a statement that read:
“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. Now more than ever our country needs strong leadership from states like Texas, that are making tough decisions to live within their means, keep taxes low and provide opportunities to job creators so their citizens can provide for their families and prosper. We cannot allow Washington’s tax and spend, one-size-fits-all mindset to jeopardize our children’s future, undermine our personal liberties and drive our nation down a dangerous path to greater dependence of government.”
While the White House has refused to respond to petitions like requesting an investigation in to reports that Rep. Chris Dodd took bribes, clemency for Native American activist Leonard Peltier, or the release of accused WikiLeaks whistleblower Bradley Manning, they did respond to a petition that gained less than 13,000 signatures by giving out the White House beer recipe.