WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – A new White House petition has been launched calling for the state of Alaska to secede from the U.S. and rejoin Russia.
The petition — called “Alaska Back to Russia” — has nearly 30,000 signatures after being created March 21 by S.V. of Anchorage.
The petitioner does not explain or provide any reason why Alaska should rejoin Russia, but just states: “Vote for secession of Alaska from the United States and joining Russia.”
The petition, which is strangely worded, describes how Alaska was settled and populated by native Russians.
“First visited Alaska August 21, 1732, members of the team boat “St. Gabriel »under the surveyor Gvozdev and assistant navigator I. Fedorov during the expedition Shestakov and DI Pavlutski 1729-1735 years,” the petition states.
The White House will respond to any petition that receives 100,000 signatures in 30 days. This petition’s deadline is April 20 to reach that goal.
A similar petition was created in 2012 calling for Texas to leave the union. It received over 100,000 signatures and the White House responded.
“Our states remain united. Our founding fathers established the Constitution of the United States in order to form a more perfect union … they did not provide a right to walk away from it,” a White House spokesman explained at the time.
Following the American Civil War that lasted from 1861 to 1865, the Supreme Court ruled that unilateral secession is unconstitutional.