Updated Tuesday, February 5 at 9:00 AM
ICE arrest 21 Savage in Atlanta during Superbowl weekend
Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph AKA 21 Savage has reportedly been arrested by the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Allegedly, the Atlanta rapper from the East side, Zone 6 to be exact, initially entered the U.S legally in July 2005.
However, Savage subsequently failed to depart from the U.S under the terms of his non-immigrant VISA. According to reports, Savage’s VISA expired in July 2006.
Mr.Abraham-Joseph is currently being held in ICE custody in Georgia and has been placed under removal proceedings before his case hits federal immigration courts.
It has also been reported that ICE will await for the outcome of Savage’s 2014 Felony drug charge before determining future actions.
As the story develops, a statement from 21 Savage’s lawyer, Charles H Kuck has been released:
“As a minor,” Kuck says, “[Savage’s]” family overstayed their work visas, and he, like almost two million other children, was left without legal status through no fault of his own. This is a civil law violation, and the continued detention of Mr. Abraham-Joseph serves no other purpose than to unnecessarily punish him and try to intimidate him into giving up his right to fight to remain in the United States.”
Read the statement in it’s entirety below.
Kuck’s argument is that Savage does not pose as a “flight risk” or threat to the community, instead he is actually quite the philanthropist and has done many charitable deeds in the past.
Although Savage’s efforts may go unnoticed, his presence is deeply appreciated and embraced by many Atlanta natives.
A number of 21 Savage’s collaborators are in support of a Black Lives Matter Campaign geared towards freeing the artist, which includes Cardi B, Quavo and many others.
Since his arrest on Sunday, the #Free21Savage campaign has taken the internet by a storm.
Even further, a petition is currently in circulation in an effort to release 21 Savage, which is available for viewing here.