As you may know by now, 21 Savage was recently released from ICE detainment on bond.
“For the past 9 long days, we, on behalf of She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, known to the world as 21 Savage, have been speaking with ICE to both clarify his actual legal standing, his eligibility for bond, and provide evidence of his extraordinary contributions to his community and society,” his lawyers, Charles H. Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro released in a statement on Tuesday, noting that the rapper was granted an expedited hearing to be held at a later date.
The first pic of the young rapper since his release popped up all over social media.
Now, additional details have surfaced about the rapper, born She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has dropped the “aggravated felony” charge against 21 Savage, which means his deportation charges now rest solely on his overstayed visa.
“I think this case is emblematic of a lot of cases where people are detained for not correct reasons, but they don’t always have resources to fight the system,” Charles Kuck, managing partner of Kuck Baxter Immigration Partners LLC, told BuzzFeed News. “This case is very emblematic of what happens in immigration court and detention.”
Basically, everyone who supports the #Free21Savage movement had the same sentiment; if the law enforcement agency’s attorneys took back the charge, that means “issa lie.” 21 Savage’s attorneys also stated the information released at the time of his arrest was false, citing a vacated conviction.
Like Kuck, others pointed out a sobering reminder: what would have happened if 21 Savage wasn’t ... 21 Savage? Oh right, the thing that’s happening to thousands of displaced black and brown families in ICE’s hands. That part.
TMZ reports sources have confirmed the Trump administration has orders that mandate U.S. residents with pending visas to be deported until their application is approved. 21 Savage currently has an outstanding U-Visa application.
Last June, retired ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan assured “there have been no changes to ... policies or procedures regarding the detention of victims or witnesses of crimes,” in regards to pending U-Visa applications.
“It’s case by case, right?” Homan told AP News. “Is the person a national security threat, a public safety threat? Do they have criminal convictions? How strong is the U visa case? I could not possibly answer that question.”
The fight is far from over; for 21 Savage, or the countless others being faced with deportation threats.