In a statement, Charles H. Kuck blasts ICE for arresting his client ‘based upon incorrect information about prior criminal charges.’
Lawyer for 21 Savage has spoken up following his arrest for overstaying his visa. Charles H. Kuck has issued a statement blasting the Immigration and Customs Enforcement for arresting his client “based upon incorrect information about prior criminal charges.”
Kuck goes on saying that 21 Savage has never hid his immigration status from the U.S. government. He also states that the Department of Homeland Security has known his address and history since he filed for U-Visa, a non-immigrant visa that is made available for victims of a crime, in 2017. Pointing out the fact that ICE can only detain individuals who are a threat to the society or a flight risk, he says that the rapper is not among them.
“He is widely recognizable, and a prominent member of the music industry,” Kuck says of 21 Savage, whose real name is Sheeya Bin Abraham-Joseph. “Likewise, Mr. Abraham-Joseph is clearly not a danger to the community, and in fact, his contributions to local communities and schools that he grew up in are examples of the type of immigrant we want in America.”
Kuck then calls the “No Heart” rapper’s arrest “a civil law violation,” adding, “the continued detention of Mr. Abraham-Joseph serves no other purpose than to unnecessarily punish him and try to intimidate him into giving his right to remain in the United States.” He continues, “He rose above the difficult circumstances of his youth to achieve success and make contributions to our society that rival any of those by a natural born citizen.”
Concluding his statement, Kuck demands that the rapper will be released and vows to continue fighting until his wish comes true. “Mr. Abraham-Joseph has U.S. citizen children that he supports and is eligible for relief from deportation. We and he will fight for his release, for his family, and his right to remain in our country,” he writes. “No one would expect less from him.”
21 Savage is currently being detained with no bound.
In related news, Black Lives Matter has recently launched a petition called #Free21Savage demanding that the rapper not be deported to the U.K.
“The circumstances of Mr. Abraham-Joseph’s detention stand as a testament to the consistent and historically under-reported harassment and targeting of Black immigrants,” the description of the petition read. “The U.S.’ violent history of criminalizing Blackness intersects with its deadly legacy of detaining and deporting Black and Brown immigrants. This needs to stop today!”
The petition has been signed by more than 100,000 people as of now.
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