Earlier this week, news broke that 21 Savage was arrested by ICE and he was facing deportation because he was reportedly born in the United Kingdom, instead of Atlanta, Georgia -- the city that he proudly reps in his music. Now, more details are surfacing about the rapper's detainment.
Born She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, a spokesperson for ICE previously stated that Savage was a "United Kingdom national" and "is unlawfully present in the U.S." However, the rapper is now claiming via his legal representatives that there are inconsistencies in the news that's currently spreading about his legal issues because of other false reports that the ICE spokesperson said. So, he wants to set the record straight.
Savage is now confirming that he moved to the United States when he was 7 years old. In 2005, he visited the United Kingdom for a month. But, when he returned back to the states, his visa was still valid. The rapper adds that in 2006, he lost his legal status "through no fault of his own" and attempted to get a new visa in 2017 when he discovered that he needed one.
Read the rest of Savage's lawyers' statement below via Pitchfork:
Mr. Abraham-Joseph has three U.S. Citizen children, a lawful permanent resident mother and four siblings that are either US Citizens or lawful permanent residents. He has exceptionally strong ties in the United States, having lived here since he was in the first grade. Because of his length of residence in the United States and his immediate relatives, Mr. Abraham-Joseph is eligible to seek Cancellation of Removal from an Immigration Judge.
Mr. Abraham-Joseph was placed into deportation proceedings AFTER his arrest, he was not in deportation proceedings prior to this detention by ICE. DHS has known his address since the filing of a U visa application in 2017. He has never hidden from DHS or any of its agencies. Mr. Abraham-Joseph is not subject to mandatory detention under federal law and is eligible for bond. By statute, bond should be granted by ICE when there is no flight risk or a danger to the community... We are unaware of why ICE apparently targeted Mr. Abraham-Joseph, but we will do everything possible to legally seek his release and pursue his available relief in immigration court.
There's now a petition that fans of the rapper can sign to combat his detainment and potential deportation. It was launched this week and it's already received almost 200,000 signatures. To sign it yourself, click here.