On Thursday (Oct. 3), 21 Savage accepted an award during the National Immigration Law Center ceremony, which was held in Los Angeles. During his speech, 21 stated that immigrant children should automatically become citizens.
“When you’re a child, you don’t know what’s going on. Now, you grow up and got to figure it out,” 21 said. “Can’t get a job. Can’t get a license. I’m one of the lucky ones who became successful. It’s a lot of people who can’t.”
He continued, “I feel like we should be exempt,” says 21. “I feel like we should automatically become citizens. When you ain’t got no choice, you should be exempt. It’s not like I was 30, woke up and moved over here. I’ve been here since I was like 7 or 8, probably younger than that. I didn’t know anything about visas and all that. I just knew we were moving to a new place.”
The subject at hand serves as a personal matter to 21 who migrated to the U.S. from London with his mother and siblings, at the age of seven. Thirteen years ago, the visa expired and after applying for a U-Visa, it was never approved. Earlier this year, 21 was arrested and detained for 10 days in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility before his release.
As of recent, 21 Savage wasn’t the only member in hip hop to advocate on behalf of immigrants. Last week, French Montana was named the first ambassador of I Stand With Immigrants, an initiative that highlights empowering immigration stories. “You’re trying to fit into this world that you knew nothing about ... You’re trying to mold yourself around this world that somebody just pushed you in,” French said while reflecting on his journey from Morocco to New York.
In other 21 Savage-related news, last year, he dropped his album, I Am > I Was. The 15-track LP featured guest appearances from Project Pat, ScHoolboy Q, Childish Gambino, Yung Miami, Gunna, Lil Baby, Post Malone and more.