Rapper 21 Savage released from immigration custody

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Noting that the USA has the largest imprisoned population of non-citizens in the world, with ICE having an average daily detention population of 44,631 people as of October 2018, the advocacy group said that "although black immigrants comprise just 5.4 percent of the undocumented population, they make up 10.6 percent of all immigrants in removal proceedings", citing data from the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and NYU School of Law Immigrants Rights Clinic. "Went through some things, but couldn't imagine my kids stuck at the border/Flint still need water ..." he raps.

21 Savage's attorneys have disputed the grounds for his arrest and detention, which has caused an uproar in the USA hip-hop community.

For the past 9 long days, we, on behalf of She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, known to the world as 21 Savage, have been speaking with ICE to both clarify his actual legal standing, his eligibility for bond, and provide evidence of his extraordinary contributions to his community and society.

He first came to the United States at age 7, his attorneys said in a statement last week, and has been in the United States for most of his life. He remained in the United States until 2005, when he departed for approximately one month to visit the United Kingdom. He returned on a valid visa on July 22, 2005, they said. Mr. Abraham-Joseph has been continuously physically present in the United States for nearly 20 years, except for a brief visit overseas.

"Mr. Abraham-Joseph, like nearly two million of his immigrant child peers, was left without immigration status as a young child with no way to fix his immigration status".

"ICE's Cox falsely asserted that "[21 Savage's] whole public persona is false.

The only mention of the rapper during the broadcast was by Ludwig Göransson, producer of Childish Gambino's "This is America", who mentioned 21 and discussed his own immigration to the U.S.in his acceptance speech for Record of the Year.

Savage is nominated for two awards tonight, including Record of the Year for "Rockstar", his collaboration with Post Malone.

He has previously described a childhood in Atlanta during interviews.

Officers arrested Abraham-Joseph after discovering his unlawful status because he was in a vehicle with another rapper who was the target of a criminal arrest. His legal representatives assert he has no criminal history. ICE officials have stated they failed to identify Abraham-Joseph as a noncitizen at the time.

In 2017, Abraham-Joseph applied for a U Visa, which is created to give resident status to an individual who has been victimized by crime (a shooting in 2013 in this case) while in the US.

U.S. website TMZ quoted his lawyer Dina LaPolt as saying "while we work with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding". "Generally, ICE has recognized a pending facially valid U visa as a basis to delay removal proceedings and release individuals from custody".

Along with Kuck, the rapper is being supported by New York-based attorney Alex Spiro, who hip-hop mogul Jay-Z is working with to right what he called "a travesty".

But now Meezy, his co-manager, claims that the "music scene is different" in a rant on social media ahead of the ceremony on Sunday night.

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