Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, known as 21 Savage, is being held without bond in ICE's custody. The agency claimed that the rapper is originally from the United Kingdom and is not authorized to be in the United States. In Kuck's (Abraham-Joseph's lawyer) statement, Kuck said the rapper's immigration status was known to the government, and that in 2017, he applied for a U-Visa – available to those who are the victim of a crime. Kuck said: "The Department of Homeland Security has known his address and his history since his filing for the U Visa in 2017, yet they took no action against him until this past weekend.”
It is no secret that 21 has a criminal past. 21 Savage's only conviction, a 2014 federal drug charge, was expunged from his record in September 2018. Nevertheless, 21 has been a positive influence in his city. Abraham-Joseph started the 21 Savage Bank Account Campaign and its to help kids learn how to save money and make money, and open bank accounts for kids. He has given up wearing jewelry and is about preserving his wealth now, according to his manager. And he hopes that inspires other young rappers.
The facts are that 21's family entered into the United States legally when he was a minor. Therefore, being a minor it is not his responsibility to renew his family's visa. In fact, 21 has a pending application for a U-visa that was filed in 2017. ICE waited "x amount of years" to bring 21 into custody.
By signing this petition, we are telling 21 that we stand with him and his family. Whether or not, he was in this country illegally, he is making a difference in his community. The least we can do is put pressure on the government officials to get leniency for 21. Nathan Deal cannot deny the fact that 21 has been a positive role model in the community. #Signfor21 #StandWith21