Jay-Z is throwing his support behind 21 Savage by decrying the fellow rapper's arrest by ICE and hiring a lawyer to assist in his case. The music m
Jay-Z is throwing his support behind 21 Savage by decrying the fellow rapper’s arrest by ICE and hiring a lawyer to assist in his case.
The music mogul released a statement calling the arrest and detention of 21 Savage ‘an absolute travesty’ on Wednesday after it was revealed that the father-of-three’s U Visa petition has been pending for four years.
‘In addition to being a successful recording artist, 21 deserves to be reunited with his children immediately, #Free21Savage,’ Jay-Z wrote in a statement.
Though the rapper, whose legal name is Sha’Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, isn’t signed by Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s record label responded to his arrest on Sunday morning in Atlanta by hiring attorney Alex Spiro on the case.
In a statement to TMZ, Spiro said: ‘We are not going to stop until he is released, bonded out or in front of a judge.
‘What we have here is someone who overstayed their Visa with an application pending for four years – not a convicted criminal that needs to be detained and removed but, by all accounts a wonderful person, father, and entertainer who has a marijuana offense which was vacated and sealed.’
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Rap mogul Jay-Z (left in January) has slammed the arrest and detention of 21 Savage by ICE as a ‘travesty’ and hired a lawyer to help assist in the father-of-three’s immigration case. 21 Savage (right in December), whose legal name is Sha’Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, admitted Tuesday that he was born in the United Kingdom but has been living in the US illegally while his visa application has been pending for four years
Though Abraham-Joseph isn’t signed by Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s record label hired attorney Alex Spiro (above) to assist in the rapper’s case. Spiro said in a statement to TMZ on Wednesday: ‘We are not going to stop until [Abraham-Joseph] is released, bonded out or in front of a judge’
Abraham-Joseph’s legal team on Tuesday admitted that he was born in the United Kingdom and had moved to the United States when he was seven years old on an H-4 visa.
The statement characterized Abraham-Joseph as a ‘Dreamer’ who has been the victim of a ‘great deal of misreporting’ that’s led to ‘false conclusions’.
‘Mr Abraham-Joseph has been continuously physically present in the United States for almost 20 years, except for a brief visit abroad,’ the statement said, referring to how he was deported for one month in 2005 at age 12 but returned on the H-4 visa.
‘Unfortunately, in 2006 Mr Abraham-Joseph lost his legal status through no fault of his own.
‘Mr Abraham-Joseph, like almost two million of his immigrant child peers, was left without immigration status as a young child with no way to fix his immigration status. These “Dreamers” come from all walks of life and every ethnicity.’
Abraham-Joseph’s legal team on Tuesday released a statement decrying his detainment, noting that he has lived in the US for nearly 20 years and his three children are all American citizens
Savage’s team said that he plans ‘seek relief from removal in immigration court’ through the Cancellation of Removal from an Immigration Judge, stating that he has very permanent ties to the country.
‘Mr Abraham-Joseph has three US Citizen children, a lawful permanent resident mother and four siblings that are either US Citizens or lawful permanent residents,’ the release said.
‘He has exceptionally strong ties in the United States, having lived here since he was in the first grade.
Savage’s team stated that the rapper was placed in deportation proceedings ‘AFTER’ his arrest, and that he wasn’t on the run from DHS as he had been working towards obtaining a U Visa since 2017.
‘This U visa was filed as a result of being the victim of a deadly shooting in 2013. That visa was filed in 2017 and remains pending,’ the statement added.
‘When granted, the U visa will afford him lawful status in the United States. Generally, ICE has recognized a pending facially valid U visa as a basis to delay removal proceedings and release individuals from custody.’
They asserted that Savage wasn’t a flight risk and should be eligible for bond, stating that he wasn’t a ‘danger’ because of his ‘acts of philanthropy and good will’.
The statement included a communal speculation that ICE had ‘ulterior motives’ for the rapper’s arrest.
ICE officials have not disclosed where Abraham-Joseph is being held, but he’s rumored to be in custody at the Atlanta Immigration Detention Facility seen above. The rapper is said to have lost his legal status in the US in 2006
Abraham-Joseph’s arrest came as a shock to his fans, who believed he was born and bred in Atlanta. The rapper is pictured right with former girlfriend Amber Rose in 2017
Savage had recently appeared on Jimmy Fallon, where he performed his song ‘A Lot.’
In the song, he changed some of the lyrics appearing to condemn ‘the behavior of immigration officials for their detention of children at the border.’
It is unclear what facility the musician is being held in, and a search of the ICE detainee database under several variations of his name did not yield a result. However, it’s rumored that he is being held at Atlanta Immigration Detention Facility.
ICE has said that Savage is a British citizen who came to the United States from the United Kingdom in 2005, when he was 12, and is ‘unlawfully present’ in the US after illegally overstaying his visa.
Abraham-Joseph is being held in federal custody pending removal proceedings. His manager, who goes by the name Stone Mound Meezy, said in a tweet on Tuesday that he had spoken with Abraham-Joseph in a phone call.
‘He is in lockdown for 23hrs of the day no tv or any communication besides our 10 min phone calls,’ Meezy wrote in the tweet, which has since been deleted.
‘Everything I’ve told him that has been happening made him happy and makes this time fly by thank y’all for the support,’ the manager added, alluding to high-profile efforts and petitions to secure Abraham-Joseph’s release.
Savage had recently appeared on The Jimmy Fallon, where he performed his song ‘A Lot.’ He changed some of the lyrics appearing to condemn ‘the behavior of immigration officials for their detention of children at the border’