ICE detained She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, the well-known Atlanta based recording artist and songwriter also known as ’21 Savage.’ Based upon incorrect information about prior criminal charges and now refusing to release him on bond of any amount, despite the fact that he has a pending U-Visa application (as the victim of crime) with USCIS, and that he has relief from removal available to him. 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 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’s 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.
21 Savage Family Statement
ICE has not charged Mr. Abraham-Joseph with any crime. As a minor, his 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. He rose above the difficult circumstances of his youth to achieve success and make contributions to our society that rival any of those by a natural born citizen. Mr. Abraham-Joseph has US citizen children that he supports and is eligible for relief from deportation. We and he will fight for his release, for his family, and his right to remain in our country. No one would expect less from him.
The Daily Mail Online published a photo of 21 Savage’s birth certificate earlier today. It gives confirmation that the rapper was in indeed born in East London at Newham Hospital. The birth certificate confirmed that 21 Savage lived in England for 12 years before he moved to Atlanta with his mother.
It was also reported that 21 Savage has twin sisters in the U.K, Kyra and Jayda. His sisters work as choreographers. They allegedly referred to his arrest as “fishy” and also deleted pictures of him off of their social media account because they “don’t want him to get deported.”
His lawyer accused the US of trying to “intimidate” the rapper into leaving.
Attorney Charles Kuck said in a statement on Monday that the arrest was “based upon incorrect information about prior criminal charges” and that his client had never tried to conceal his immigration status from authorities.
In 2017, he applied for a US “U Visa” on the basis that he had been the “victim of crime”, his lawyer said.
U Visas are given to non-citizen victims of crime who intend to co-operate with US authorities.
In 2013, the rapper was shot six times on his 21st birthday in an attack that took the life of his best friend.
Mr Kuck added the rapper is “not a flight risk” and is a “prominent member of the music industry” who would be recognised if he attempted to flee.
The lawyer said the rapper also has US-born children, which Mr Kuck argued should prevent his client’s deportation.
“ICE has not charged Mr Abraham-Joseph with any crime,” Mr Kuck continued.
“As a minor, his family overstayed their work visas, and he, like almost two million other children, was left without legal status through no fault of his own.”
The lawyer accused US immigration officials of trying to “unnecessarily punish him and try to intimidate him into giving up his right to fight to remain in the United States”.
Mr Kuck said his client was “clearly not a danger to the community” and is “the type of immigrant we want in America”.