The law firm representing Atlanta-rapper 21 Savage released a statement via Twitter earlier today saying that he “never hid his immigration status”. The law firm, Kuck Baxter Immigration, also stated that the detention of their client “serves no other purpose than to unnecessarily punish him and intimidate him into giving up his right to fight to remain in the United States.”
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— Kuck Baxter Immigration (@KuckBaxter) February 5, 2019
21 Savage, née She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was detained on Sunday, February 3 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for allegedly overstaying his visa. Following the arrest, ICE spokesperson Bryan Cox said “his whole public persona is false. He actually came to the U.S. from the U.K. as a teen and overstayed his visa.” In the statement, his attorneys responded to this writing that “he, like almost two million other children, was left without legal status through no fault of his own.”
The revelation has caused a flurry of tweets and memes from the public both reacting to the news about his status and in support of the 26-year-old artist.
From Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, to fellow ATL-rapper Offset, many are taking a stand with the rapper and defending his roots as a trap artist from the city where the genre was born. In response to people saying “he’s not from Atlanta,” rapper Cardi B wrote “he grew up there! his kids and family live there and BLEW UP there with the support of the community he was raised in.”
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We will read and educate ourselves on this situation and we will take action! 21 did not come here illegally and was not caught doing anything illegal or doing any mischief! in fact he have change his whole life around and as ya can see he’s been very positive in his actions and music ! Now let me get ghetto ….and for ya dick breath motherfuckers talking bout “sO hE nOt FrOm AtLaNta “ he grew up there !his kids and family live there and BLEW UP there with the support of the community he was raised in.Thank you @21savage for being really good friend to me and @offsetyrn and always coming thru when we need you .
Amanda Alcántara is the Digital Media Editor at Latino Rebels and Futuro Media Group.