21 Savage Is Just The Latest Victim Of A Corrupt ICE Organization
By: Omar Cook
We’ve seen all the memes, and of course we all had jokes because to everyone’s surprise, we were all shocked to find out 21 Savage was from London. But what’s not funny is that 21 Savage is actually facing deportation and has been arrested and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for overstaying his visa. No one wants to see someone go through this and it just so happens that all of this happening after he released his new album where he called out ICE and gained control over his masters. Coincidence?
21 Savage, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph came here at the age of 7 and has been in America for almost 20 years. He is currently on 23 hour lockdown and being held with no bond despite already having a pending U-Visa application filed since 2017.
21 has had a handful of support from the rap community and Jay Z even stepped in to hire a lawyer for him. "In addition to being a successful recording artist, Savage deserves to be reunited with his children immediately," Jay-Z said. Alex Spiro who is the attorney representing him said, "We are not going to stop until he is released, bonded out or in front of a judge," he told TMZ. "What we have here is someone who overstayed their Visa with an application pending for four years—not a convicted criminal that needs to be detained and removed but, by all accounts a wonderful person, father, and entertainer who has a marijuana offense which was vacated and sealed."
Many people have touched on the fact that this case has gathered a lot of attention due to the fact that ICE actually went after a rapper and that there wasn’t this type of energy and support when children were being detained at the border.
This is simply untrue as the border situation with kids being held in cages was trending for a while and received tons of support. We were all outraged, and still are. What’s happening with 21 Savage is it’s own case and he deserves just as much as supports as anyone else. The fact that people have to pit two situations against each other to make any one of them seem less important is ridiculous. Either way it goes, ICE is the problem despite whoever the people being detained are. At the end of the day, the common conclusion here is there needs to be changes made in the way immigration is handled in our country, period.
21 Savage talked about the border control issues on his song “A Lot”, saying “Been through some things so I can’t imagine my kids stuck at the border / Flint still need water / People was innocent, couldn’t get lawyers.” And ironically he gets arrested not too long after the release. Why only now do they come after him? It’s not like he’s been in hiding, he’s been in the spotlight for a minute! Only when he switched up his rap with some socially conscious lyrics does this occur. Salute to 21 Savage for bringing more awareness to issues with ICE but now we wish him nothing but the best as he fights this case. This can end up being a blessing in disguise because a case like this will bring more attention to some of the issues that immigrants face everyday when dealing with ICE.