Is 21 Savage A U.S. Citizen?

21 Savage has been known for topping charts with fire tracks, but recently he has been all over the news for a different reason.

Why was 21 Savage detained by ICE?

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The Sunday night of February 4, 21 Savage (born Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph) was detained by International Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Atlanta. ICE accused him of living in America illegally as a UK national. ICE claims he arrived in 2005 and his Visa ran out in 2006 when he was 14 and has since been residing in the United States unlawfully. 21’s lawyer Charles H Kuck, stated that ICE is unrightfully punishing and intimidating him into giving up the right to fight for his US citizenship.

Here 21 Savage’s manager says he is staying positive despite being in total lockdown.

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Kuck has been very critical of ICE throughout this process. “As a minor, his family overstayed their work visas, and he, like almost 2 million other children was left without legal status through no fault of his own,” Kuck said. He added that the arrest is “based upon incorrect information about prior criminal charges and ICE is now refusing to release him on bond of any amount, despite the fact he has a pending U-Visa application with USCIS and that he has relief from removal available to him.”

21 Savage has been trying to apply for a U-Visa as a victim of a crime since 2017 but the status is still pending. He applied for this visa due to the incident in 2013 where he was shot and his best friend was murdered. Kuck says he has not been the same mentally and physically since. Because he was the victim of a crime while living in the United States, it gives 21 the possibility of permanent residence.

21 Savage was supposed to perform at The 2019 Grammys

Before his arrest, 21 Savage was invited to perform at The Grammys. Not only was he not able to fulfill the offer, but his manager was upset there was no mention of him.  

Will 21 Savage be deported?

21 has yet to be charged with any crimes. His lawyer says ICE’s treatment of his client is a “civil law violation.” 21’s lawyers are standing their ground and are refusing to be intimidated. “Mr. Abraham-Joseph has U.S 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,” Kuck said. It’s still up in the air whether 21 will be deported or not, but his lawyers say there is still hope. They remind us 21 is “a top entertainer and an internationally recognized talent, he is able to apply for permanent residence also known as a green card.”  

His co-managers have repeatedly said they have known 21 since 3rd grade, which would defeat ICE’s claims of his arrival in 2005.

Despite all of this, 21 Savage’s lawyers are working hard to get him home with his kids and hopefully establish his permanent residence.