Earlier this month, rapper 21 Savage, whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested by ICE for overstaying his Visa, which expired in 2006. The rapper is now out on a $100,000 bond while he awaits trial and he knows there is a chance that he may be deported from the only country he has known since he was seven years old. Salt Lake City deportation defense attorneys believe he is putting a public face on the trials and tribulations that so many immigrants go through in the United States on a regular basis.
21 Savage’s history in the U.S.
The details of his history in the United States are not entirely clear as conflicting facts have been reported in the media. According to 21 Savage, he arrived here when he was 7 years old, which would be approximately 1999. ICE reported that he arrived in 2005 and his Visa expired in 2006. 21 Savage explains that ICE has its arrival dates confused as he was already living in the United States when he and his family left the U.S. in 2005 to attend his uncle’s funeral and came back a short time later.
In 2014, 21 Savage had a run in with the law. While ICE initially reported that he had a felony conviction from that incident and that is why he was targeted, it seems as though they have changed course and are now saying that he was arrested for overstaying his Visa. A former legal representative claimed that he walked away from the 2014 criminal case after a plea to a misdemeanor for possession of a controlled substance and his record has been sealed.
What now for the rapper’s future?
21 Savage knows that he is at risk for deportation, but his attorneys have reported that he applied for a U-visa in 2017 and his case is now pending. He was involved in an incident in 2013 when he was shot six times and his friend who was also involved, lost his life. His U-visa is reportedly based on this incident because U-visas are sometimes given to victims of crimes in the United States who are helpful in the criminal investigation and prosecution.
As his future in the United States is up in the air, 21 Savage says he believes the way that the immigration system is enforced is broken. He is hoping that his story can bring this issue to light and that it will help others who are in detention. His attorney believes that he was targeted because he is a celebrity and possibly because of his music which has been critical of U.S. immigration policies.
If your future is in jeopardy in the United States, contact a Salt Lake City deportation defense attorney at Familia America Immigration to discuss your circumstances and legal options. Our deportation defense team fights for the rights of immigrants facing an uncertain future and they are available to help in any matter related to immigration and deportation.