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Sir Savage the 21st

Rapper 21 Savage moved to America when he was seven, causing speculation over if his stay was legal or not (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to Free-Photos).

Rapper 21 Savage moved to America when he was seven, causing speculation over if his stay was legal or not (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to Free-Photos).

Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to Free-Photos

Rapper 21 Savage moved to America when he was seven, causing speculation over if his stay was legal or not (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to Free-Photos).

Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to Free-Photos

Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to Free-Photos

Rapper 21 Savage moved to America when he was seven, causing speculation over if his stay was legal or not (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to Free-Photos).

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At the start of February, Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a “targeted operation” in Atlanta. 21 Savage, born Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was believed to be born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.

“I was definitely surprised at first, because you couldn’t have ever figured out he was British through the way he talks and acts,” said junior Uriel Coffi.

The local enforcement agency spokesperson Bryan D. Cox claimed Mr. Abraham-Joseph was “unlawfully present United Kingdom national” living in the United States illegally after overstaying his visit in 2005. Also, the rapper was reportedly convicted on a felony drug charge in 2014, which helped shed light on his immigration status.

His attorneys released a statement that said, “Mr. Abraham-Joseph was born in the United Kingdom…Mr. Abraham-Joseph arrived legally in the United States at the age of seven under an H-4 visa. He remained in the United States until June 2005, when he departed for approximately one month to visit the United Kingdom.  He returned to the United States under a valid H-4 visa on July 22nd, 2005.”

Despite overstaying his visa expiration date, Mr. Abraham Joseph “has never hid his immigration status from the U.S. government,” according to the statement. Additionally, “as a minor, his family overstayed their work visas” and the rapper “was left without legal status through no fault of his own.” Meaning, he wasn’t completely liable for his immigration, at least when he was younger.  

“I don’t think he should be deported, because he’s lived here for half of his life,” said Uriel Coffi.

As a result of the news, tons of celebrities have jumped to 21 Savage’s aid. Cardi B took to Instagram in support of him, Jay-Z hires a lawyer for the rapper, and Black Lives Matter have organized a petition to free Mr. Abraham-Joseph, earning over 250,000 signatures.

In recent reports, Mr. Abraham-Joseph was released on bond on February 13th after being in custody for more than a week. The law firm representing him said, “In the last 24 hours, in the wake of the Grammy Awards at which he was scheduled to attend and perform, we received notice that She’yaa was granted an expedited hearing.” ICE has dropped their charge against Mr. Abraham-Joseph, but he is still at risk of being deported. He is expected in immigration court on April 11th.  

Mr. Abraham-Joseph lawyers said, “Many have speculated as to possible ulterior motives for his arrest and detention, including that he released music five days prior to his arrest by ICE, which included new lyrics condemning the behavior of immigration officials for their detention of children at the border.”

Two days before his arrest, 21 Savage released the music video “a lot.” In his performance of the song on Jimmy Fallon, he added the lyrics, “Been through some things so I can’t imagine my kids stuck at the border. Flint still need water. People was innocent, couldn’t get lawyers.” He believes this drew him attention from ICE.

“He should have legalized himself when he financially able to because of all the money he gained. I just think he is wasting a really good career and life,” said freshman Savannah Garrison.

Apart for the seriousness of the situation, many have taken to the internet to make memes. Most depict him as a liar and fraud after they heard the news, providing a distraction from the deportation. However, overall the finality of the situation is whether or not he should stay in the U.S., considering this is where his life is built and all he has contributed to culture.

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