Attorneys for 21 Savage mentioned Monday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is refusing to launch the Grammy-nominated rapper on bond and known as his arrest a civil regulation violation.
The 26-year-old, whose authorized title is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was detained early Sunday morning after being accused of overstaying his visa. ICE reported that he was arrested as a part of a “focused operation,” saying the rapper was truly from Britain and got here to America along with his household as a minor. Abraham-Joseph’s legal professionals confirmed that his household overstayed their work visas in an announcement Monday however mentioned Savage was “left with out authorized standing by means of no fault of his personal.”
“This can be a civil regulation violation, and the continued detention of Mr. Abraham-Joseph serves no different goal than to unnecessarily punish him and attempt to intimidate him into giving up his proper to struggle to stay in the USA,” legal professional Charles Kuck mentioned in an announcement. “Clearly, our consumer isn’t a flight danger, as he’s extensively recognizable, and a distinguished member of the music trade. Likewise, Mr. Abraham-Joseph is clearly not a hazard to the group, and actually, his contributions to native communities and colleges that he grew up in are examples of the kind of immigrant we would like in America.”
Kuck mentioned his consumer had by no means hidden his immigration standing from the U.S. authorities and that he had utilized for a U visa in 2017. That visa is reserved for “victims of sure crimes who’ve suffered psychological or bodily abuse and are useful to regulation enforcement or authorities officers.” It’s given to round 10,000 folks annually, based on The Hill. It’s not clear in what method he was a criminal offense sufferer for the aim of the visa.
Abraham-Joseph has lengthy been thought of an area act from Atlanta and has mentioned in interviews that he grew up within the metropolis. He has recounted becoming a member of a gang as a youngster and promoting medication to get by, in addition to being expelled from the DeKalb County Faculty District for gun possession.
ICE pushed again in opposition to that description shortly after arresting the rapper. The company’s spokesman informed CNN this week that “his entire public persona is fake.”
Kuck rejected that assertion, saying Monday his consumer “rose above the tough circumstances of his youth to attain success and contribute to our society.”
“Mr. Abraham-Joseph has US citizen youngsters that he helps and is eligible for reduction from deportation,” the legal professional mentioned. “We and he’ll struggle for his launch, for his household, and his proper to stay in our nation. Nobody would anticipate much less from him.”
Abraham-Joseph has been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards this yr, together with file of the yr for “Rockstar” alongside Put up Malone.
If he’s deported, the artist might face a 10-year ban on returning to the USA.