21 Savage’s Lawyer Claims His Arrest Is A Violation of Civil Law

Written by on February 6, 2019

Maria Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor

Atlanta, GE, United States (4E) – 21 Savage, whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, is being detained by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for overstaying his visa. The rapper’s legal team now insists that his arrest is a violation of his civil rights.

Charles H. Kuch, 21 Savage’s immigration lawyer, said that ICE refuses to release the rapper “on bond of any amount.” The rapper’s legal team explained that he is “not a flight risk” since his status as a rapper and celebrity makes him “widely recognizable.” They also said that he is not a danger to the community, having made valuable contributions to local communities and schools in the area he grew up in. It has yet been decided how long the rapper will remain in detention or if he will be deported back to the United Kingdom.

Kuck further claimed that ICE’s actions were “based upon incorrect information about prior criminal charges,” Rolling Stone reports. In an official statement from 21 Savage’s legal team, it was said that the rapper never hid his immigration status from the United States government and even applied for a new visa in 2017. As to why the ICE enforced the arrest on Sunday remains unclear.

“This is a civil law violation,” 21 Savaga’s lawyer said, adding that his continued detention “serves no other purpose than to unnecessarily punish him” and to intimidate him into giving up his fight to remain in the United States.

21 Savage was arrested in Atlanta in a “targeted operation”, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. According to ICE spokesman Bryan Cox the rapper was arrested on the ground that is illegally staying in the United States with an expired visa. The ICE belatedly found out that the rapper is actually a citizen of the United Kingdom who migrated to the US when he was around 12 years old.

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