Due to an expired VISA, 21 Savage was detained and arrested by the ICE this weekend. According to a statement released by his lawyer, ICE officials are refusing to release the rapper on bond. It also reveals that a U Visa application their client has been pending since 2017, which points to the government’s knowledge of his immigration status.

The statement goes on to explain why 21 Savage is not a threat to society nor a flight risk considering his prominence as an entertainer and his contributions to the community. It then specifies that ICE has not charged the rapper with any crime.

“As a minor, his family overstayed their work visas, and he, like almost two million other children, was left without legal status through no faults of his own. This is a civil law violation, and the continued detention of Mr. Abraham-Joseph serves no other purpose than to unnecessarily punish him and try to intimidate him into giving up his right to remain in the United States.”

See statement below:

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