INS Rules To Deport Slick Rick

The Immigration and Naturalization Services

(INS) issued a ruling last week to deport rapper Slick Rick back to his birthplace

of England. Rick’s lawyers filed a motion to stay the deportation, but the judge

has not ruled, which means the Bronx-bred rapper could be sent back at any moment.

He has been a resident of the United States Since 1976, but never became a citizen.

Today (Dec. 3), The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and John Conyers, the head

of the Congressional Black Caucus and ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee,

issued a plea to stop the INS deportation proceedings and at least grant Rick

bond while the case is still being heard. Conyers has been a vocal critic of

the Justice Department’s policy of secrecy in regards to immigration hearings

since 9-11.

“Slick Rick is one of our leading hip-hop artists,” Minister Ben Muhammad, President

Of HHSN told “We in the hop hop community will not stand idle

and allow his deportation to go unchallenged.”

Slick Rick was detained by the INS six months ago after he left America, venturing

into international waters to perform aboard a cruise ship. The rapper is being

held in a federal prison in Bradenton, Florida.

“I feel like if this case was judged by the public, this would be an open and

shut case,” Rick told “I took the law into my own hands. I shouldn’t

have, but I served my time. Even the public as a whole has to see that this

is an injustice. Like I said, there’s other cases that’s worse than this.” Supporters

of Slick Rick maintain the rapper the rapper has preserved an extremely stable

home life with a wife and children and managed a successful recording career.

The rapper has not broken the law once since being released.

“Slick Rick has already served six months in prison, with no bond hearing,”

Minister Ben continued. “We feel that his lengthy detainment with no bond hearing

alone is a violation of his civil rights. Now he may be deported at any moment.”

Rick served 5 years and 12 days in prison. According to United States law, any

non-citizen who serves more than 5 years in prison must be deported.

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