Jay-Z is the most recent artist to return out in sturdy help of 21 Savage, simply days after the Atlanta-based rapper was arrested and detained by brokers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over claims that the 26 year-old MC unlawfully overstayed his visa and that he's a convicted felon. Savage (born She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph) was born within the United Kingdom and got here to the U.S. together with his dad and mom when he was 7, in line with his authorized crew.
“The arrest and detention of 21 Savage is an absolute travesty, his U-visa petition has been pending for four years," Jay mentioned in a press release supplied to Billboard by his spokesperson. "In addition to being a profitable recording artist, 21 deserves to be reunited together with his youngsters instantly, #Free21Savage”
Since Savage's arrest on Sunday (Feb. three) numerous musicians and Georgia politicians have spoken out in help, together with Georgia state Rep. Hank Johnson, who labored with Savage when the artist held a back-to-school drive in East Atlanta final 12 months, submitting a personality letter to ICE and vouching for the rapper’s character and advocating for his launch as his immigration case is pending.
“I’m very involved in regards to the ICE crackdown and what seems to be a focused operation,” Johnson advised Billboard. “Taking the younger man down throughout such a high-profile occasion because the Super Bowl doesn’t move the scent take a look at. Claims that She’yaa was hiding or [ICE’s] claims that he was detained due to prior convictions merely aren’t true. She’yaa was by no means convicted and he was overtly searching for to resume his visa. They knew that and nonetheless determined to focus on him. I've a tough time believing that if this was a white singer from Great Britain below the identical circumstances that ICE could be going after them with such enthusiasm.”
Savage’s lawyer, Charles H. Kuck, has denied the rapper has a previous felony conviction, regardless of ICE’s claims, telling Billboard, “There is not any conviction on his file. Period.” Savage was arrested on drug costs in 2014 however, in line with Atlanta's ABC affiliate WSB, the costs had been subsequently expunged from his file. Multiple immigration specialists advised Billboard expunged convictions -- even when faraway from an individual’s file below Georgia state regulation -- are sometimes nonetheless thought of convictions for federal immigration functions, and 21 Savage may face a lifetime ban consequently. However, the rapper has a pending U-visa that, if accepted, might be a path to everlasting residency.
Cardi B has additionally voiced her help for Savage, as have Meek Mill, Killer Mike, Offset, Vince Staples and plenty of extra. As the rapper faces potential deportation to the UK, ICE has but to elucidate why he was arrested on Sunday and what their plans are for his launch from custody.