21 Savage will fight to remain in the United States following his arrest by immigration law enforcement agency ICE this past weekend.
Per the BBC‘s report, the rapper’s lawyer Charles Kuck has accused the US of attempting to intimidate 21 into leaving and says that the arrest is based on incorrect information.
In a new statement, Kuck says the false information pertains to 21’s previous criminal charges. He said that 21 had applied for a “U Visa” in 2017 — a visa given to co-operative, non-US citizens who are victims of crime, as 21 was in 2013 when he was shot six times on his 21st birthday. Kuck added that the musician had never tried to conceal his immigration status from authorities, and the fact he is prominent within the music industry means that he poses no flight risk because of his recognizable status.
In addition, the Daily Mail has uncovered what appears to be 21 Savage’s official birth certificate. According to the document, the rapper, real name Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was born in London to British parents.
Earlier this week, ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said in a statement that 21, real name Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was apprehended in a “targeted operation” as he is in fact an “unlawfully present United Kingdom national.” They stipulate that 21 entered the US in 2005 at the age of 12, and has remained illegally since it expired in 2006.
In previous interviews, 21 Savage has indicated his mother is from Dominica, a former territory of the British Commonwealth, but it is unclear at this time which nationality ICE is indicating. He is currently being held in Georgia awaiting “removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts.”
21 Savage’s attorney, Dina LePolt, told TMZ that “We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding. Mr. Abraham-Joseph is a role model to the young people in the country – especially in Atlanta, Georgia and is actively working in the community leading programs to help underprivileged youths in financial literacy.”
We will update this post as further information develops.