Published: Wed, February 13, 2019

Civil rights groups demand release of 21 Savage

Civil rights groups demand release of 21 Savage

However, two consistent pieces of information can be determined: 21 Savage was legally in the United States during 2005 and his visa he was here on expired in 2006.

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

The rapper's detention comes only days after the release of "A Lot", a single from the album I Am I Was, in which he directly criticizes the Trump administration's and ICE's policy of separating families detained crossing the US-Mexico border, along with other injustices in the US.

Instead, however, he is fighting a battle with USA immigration authorities to remain in the country he grew up in after being arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency on claims of living in the US with an expired visa.

21 had applied for a non-immigrant "U-Visa" in 2017, but the application is still pending.

Abraham-Joseph was arrested Super Bowl Sunday for allegedly violating immigration law.

ICE had said that the "I Am I Was" rapper is in fact a British citizen and came to the USA with his family when he was 12 years old in 2005. He was convicted on felony drug charges in October 2014 in Fulton County, Georgia, ICE said.


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

Or does ICE only pay attention to legal status when a prominent celebrity like 21 Savage speaks out against them?

ICE is using the excuse that Abraham-Joseph is a "convicted felon" to justify detaining him because the agency knows that even though he is now here illegally, he is not unsafe. I blame it on lame people being LAME.

21 - real name Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph - is still being held by ICE officials, following his recent arrest after it was revealed he is, in fact, a United Kingdom citizen and has overstayed his U.S. visa by 13 years. When people hear his music and see his tattoos and mugshot from 2014, they automatically assume that he's a risky threat and needs to go back to Britain.

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. Over the weekend, Abraham-Joseph's family members posted social media images of dozens of handwritten letters from Atlanta-area school children calling on immigration officials not to deport the rapper. He came here when he was 13 years old and his parents overstayed their work visas.

In the end, Abraham-Joseph should be released by ICE because it seems that ICE only detained the rapper in light of of his outspoken criticism.

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

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