Rapper 21 Savage taken into custody by ICE in Atlanta

08 February, 2019, 16:29 | Author: Donna Miller
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21 Savage, whose legal name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested by ICE on February 3 in Atlanta.

He is accused of being a UK citizen who entered the United States legally when he was a minor in July 2005, but he allegedly failed to leave under the terms of his nonimmigrant visa. For the uninitiated, the rapper whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph has been arrested for being illegally present in the United States.

"Mr Abraham-Joseph, like nearly two million of his immigrant child peers, was left without immigration status as a young child with no way to fix his immigration status", his 6 attorneys said in a joint statement.

21 Savage's attorneys also said ICE was incorrect in saying he had a criminal conviction.

In a statement given today, Kuck said that his client applied for a U-Visa back in 2017 and that the application is pending.

Mr. Abraham-Joseph has three U.S. Citizen children, a lawful permanent resident mother and four siblings that are either US Citizens or lawful permanent residents.

Attorneys for rapper 21 Savage say the 26-year-old has lived in the USA since age 7, and the federal immigration authorities who are detaining him are incorrect that he has a felony conviction on his record.

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News of 21 Savage's arrest quickly spread over social media and subsequently became a meme. "ICE can only continue to detain individuals who are a threat the community or a flight risk to not show up at their hearings".

"ICE has not charged Mr Abraham-Joseph with any crime".

21 Savage is not being deported without a fight.

Savage, who has apparently been in the country illegally despite his pending application, chose to ask for a U-Visa because his three three children who were born in the USA would likely grant him a form of relief. "Mr. Abraham-Joseph has been in the United States since he was a young child".

"We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding", she said, according to Variety.

Announcing the rapper's arrest, I.C.E. said on Sunday the rapper "was in violation of federal immigration law" due to his presence in the country, and that he had been "convicted on felony drug charges in October 2014". That visa was filed in 2017 and remains pending.



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