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Petition to deport secessionists grows in popularity

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While dozens of petitions requesting that states, including North and South Carolina, secede from the United States are making national headlines, a counter-petition is quickly growing in numbers.

The petition, which was created on Monday, calls to deport everyone that signed a petition to withdraw their state from the United States of America.

The petition is among the mix of dozens posted on the White House website.

As of Thursday evening, the petition is closing in on the 25,000 signatures needed to get an official response from the government.

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The counter-petition comes after dozens of petitions, started by residents and not government officials, went viral after being posted on the White House's website last week.

On Monday, there were 23 petitions on the site asking 21 states to secede from the Union - two states had duplicate petitions. On Wednesday afternoon, that number had jumped to 56 petition. As of Thursday night, there were 63 petitions.

The petition for North Carolina to secede from the U.S. reached the needed 25,000 signatures, to be considered by the White House, on Wednesday. South Carolina had more than 20,000 signatures on its petition as of noon on Wednesday.

The South Carolina petition, which quotes the opening line of the Declaration of Independence, was posted on Saturday by someone who identifies himself as "Cody W" from Summerville.

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

The petition calls for the state of South Carolina to "Absolve its Allegiance to the Union" and declare its independence as sovereign nation state.

"It is, I think, a dramatic protest against the results of an election," said Don Doyle, a history professor at the University of South Carolina. "If it's only that, that's just part of a democracy. Maybe people will decide that they're not going to defend that protest to the death."

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley responded to the petition during a brief moment in a Wednesday news conference.

"Didn't we try that once before," the governor joked.

As the media contingent laughed, Haley composed herself and offered a better explanation of her position.

"I love this country. I'm going to fight for this country. I'm going to do everything I can for this country, and this country is going to be great," said Haley.

Randy Dye from Pittsboro, NC created the petition for North Carolina on Friday. He also quotes the beginning of the Declaration of Independence in his petition.

Dye told WBTV he was surprised by the response, but doesn't anticipate real change.

"This will go absolutely nowhere," said Dye. "I'm a realist on that. It's more of an ideology that we're sending all our money to Washington and letting them decide what they're going to do with our money."

He said the petition is a direct result of President Obama's re-election. He said he may not have launched one if Mitt Romney had been elected President.

In December 1860, South Carolina was the first state to secede before the start of the Civil War less than a year later.

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