The popular rapper best known for his hits Bank Account, No Heart, and X has been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They claim is that he is actually a British citizen who was in the United States illegally on a visa that expired 14 years ago.
21 Savage — whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph — has been a resident on the United States since 2005. He came to the country when he was 13, his visa then expired a year later according to ICE spokesperson Bryan Cox.
The 26-year-old is famous for representing “Zone 6” which refers to the Eastside of Atlanta, Georgia. Up until his arrest, his Wikipedia page said he was born in Atlanta in 1992.
His attorney, Charles H. Kuck said that his client applied for a U-Visa back in 2017 and the application is pending. He went on to add that ICE knew about the situation but never acted on it until this weekend.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF 21 SAVAGE … pic.twitter.com/fL3WbTrEwk— Kuck Baxter Immigration (@KuckBaxter) February 4, 2019
The attorney also disliked that ICE labeled his client to be a felon. The rapper had previous drug charges expunged in September.
He went on to say “Mr. Abraham-Joseph has never hid his immigration status from the US government. The Department of Homeland Security has known his address and his history since his filing for the U Visa in 2017, yet they took no action against him until this past weekend. ICE can only continue to detain individuals who are a threat to the community or a flight risk to not show up at their hearings. Obviously, our client is not a flight risk, as he is widely recognizable, and a prominent member of the music industry. Likewise, Mr. Abraham-Joseph is clearly not a danger to the community, and in fact, his contributions to local communities and schools that he grew up in are examples of the type of immigrant we want in America.”
The rapper is currently nominated for two awards at the upcoming Grammys, including record of the year for “Rockstar” alongside Post Malone. His second solo album “I Am I Was,” released in December, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
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