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ICE refusing to release rapper 21 Savage on bond, lawyer says

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is refusing to release rapper 21 Savage on bond after he was arrested Sunday for allegedly overstaying his visa, his lawyer said Monday.

The rapper, whose legal name is Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested by ICE on allegations that he is a citizen of the United Kingdom who overstayed his visa.

{mosads}”Based upon incorrect information about prior criminal charges and now refusing to release him on bond of any amount, despite the fact that he has a pending U-Visa application (as the victim of crime) with USCIS, and that he has relief from removal available to him,” attorney Charles H. Kuck said in a statement obtained by Rolling Stone.

Kuck also said that 21 Savage “has never hidden his immigration status from the US government” and is being unfairly targeted.

“As a minor, his family overstayed their work visas, and he, like almost two million other children, was left without legal status through no fault of his own,” Kuck said.

“This is a civil law violation, and the continued detention of Mr. Abraham-Joseph serves no other purpose than to unnecessarily punish him and try to intimidate him into giving up his right to fight to remain in the United States.” 

Kuck added that 21 Savage was neither a flight risk nor a danger to the Atlanta community, adding that “in fact, his contributions to local communities and schools that he grew up in are examples of the type of immigrant we want in America.”

“We and he will fight for his release, for his family, and his right to remain in our country. No one would expect less from him,” Kuck said.

ICE spokesman Bryan Cox has said that 21 Savage was convicted on felony drug charges in 2014.

The U visa Kuck says the rapper applied for is given to 10,000 people each year.

If deported, 21 Savage could potentially be banned from reentering the country for 10 years.

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