Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Rapper 21 Savage to be released from ICE custody

Rapper 21 Savage to be released from ICE custody

"21 Savage-he should be here tonight".

In 2017, he applied for a USA "U Visa" on the basis that he had been the "victim of crime", he added.

His verse did not air during the performance and no one filled in for him.

ICE had said that the "I Am I Was" rapper is in fact a British citizen and came to the US with his family when he was 12 years old in 2005.

I believe that because Abraham-Joseph has been so vocal about his dislike for ICE and the way in which the US handles immigration, ICE chose to look into him. ICE agents arrested the "Bank Account" rapper ― whose given name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph ― on February 3 for overstaying a visa.

Abraham-Joseph, a Grammy-nominated entertainer, now faces imminent deportation to the United Kingdom, where he holds citizenship.

In a statement released shortly after his arrest, Abraham-Joseph's attornies said he was born in London, entered the U.S. legally when he was 7, left, and re-entered legally once again, before his immigration status lapsed.

Officers arrested Abraham-Joseph after discovering his unlawful status because he was in a auto with another rapper who was the target of a criminal arrest. If he was arrested and convicted as ICE believes, wouldn't they have found out that the rapper wasn't here legally?


It's also too convenient that when Abraham-Joseph has been outwardly critical of ICE, all of a sudden the agency realizes that he is not of legal status.

Representatives for Savage, who is 26, confirmed last week that he was born in the London borough of Newham in 1992, but said that he had immigrated to the U.S. with his family when he was 7 and then later returned to Britain for a visit in July 2005 before making his way back to the U.S. His visa expired the following year in 2006, they said. So why didn't they detain him then?

I know that 21 Savage is technically here illegally, but I feel as though people are overlooking all the good that he has done while lving in the States.

According to the New York Times, Abraham-Joseph grew up "in some of Atlanta's poorest communities, [and] had a troubled childhood".

The rapper is known in the city as a person who frequently donates to charitable causes - and he launched his own campaign promoting financial literacy in children on the Ellen show.

Isn't that the "type of immigrant" the current administration is looking for? Because they stayed, he had to stay as well.

In the long run, will ICE's deliberate detainment of Abraham-Joseph really accomplish anything?

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