21 Savage's Detainment Is Turning Into A Political Crisis In Atlanta

The rap star has received some backing from a powerful member of Congress.

(AllHipHop News) ICE's detainment of Atlanta rap star 21 Savage is turning into a political crisis.

21, born She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested by ICE officers on Sunday, over his legal immigration status in the United States.

21 Savage, who was born in Newham England, immigrated to the United States with his mother when he was 7-years-old.

But he never renewed his visa, which expired in 2006.

Now, a felony conviction in 2014 for drug dealing, has put the rapper behind bars and jeopardizes his residency here in the United States.

Earlier today, congressman Henry C. "Hank" Johnson fired off a letter to the judge presiding over 21 Savage's case, asking him to have mercy on the incarcerated rap star, citing his community work and his philanthropy.

"I know She'yaa organizes and is involved in many other chartiable groups and events. He spends his time giving back to our community and has been living a life paying it forward," Johnson wrote.

As of press time, there has been no change in 21 Savage's status.

His lawyers are working to have him freed from prison, where he is currently being locked down 23 hours a day.

Take a look at the full letter.