21 Savage Confirms He Was Born In The United Kingdom
Written by KFAT on February 6, 2019
Maria Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor
Atlanta, GE, United States (4E) – 21 Savage has confirmed that he was born in the United Kingdom and migrated to the United States when he was 7 years old. This comes after the rapper was arrested in Atlanta by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for being “unlawfully present in the US.”
21 Savage, whose real name is She’yaan Bin Abraham-Joseph, confirmed through his representatives that he was born in Newham, London. He emigrated to the US when he was 7 years old. Since then he visited the UK once in 2005 and returned later that same year.
The rapper further explained that his legal status in the US expired in 2006, but claimed that it was not his own fault or wrongdoing. He reapplied for a new visa in 2017 when he was informed that he needed one.
In a statement, his lawyers said 21 Savage has “exceptionally strong ties in the United States” and been a resident of the United States for a period long enough to make him eligible to apply for a Cancellation of Removal from an immigration judge, Independent reports.
Charles H. Kuch, the rapper’s immigration lawyer, has criticized the ICE’s arrest and detention of 21 Savage for being a violation of civil law, Rolling Stone reports. In a statement, Kuch said ICE is refusing to grant the release of the rapper on any amount of bond. Kuch claims such refusal is unjustified, considering that 21 Savage is not a flight risk nor is he a danger to the community.
The rapper’s legal team also said that contrary to the ICE’s claim that his whole public persona is false, 21 Savage never hid his immigrant status from authorities and he was never called to appear for deportation proceedings prior to his arrest.
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