(AllHipHop News) 21 Savage's lawyer has implied that immigration officials targeted the rapper after he blasted them in a new song.
The rapper, whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested on Sunday amid allegations he's a U.K. national who has been living in America since 2005 without the correct paperwork, and he has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ever since and threatened with deportation.
His lawyer Charles H. Kuck issued a lengthy statement to clear up the "great deal of misreporting" that has taken place since his client's arrest, and noted that many had speculated 21 Savage was targetted by ICE over his new song "A Lot."
"There continues to be no legal reason to detain Mr. Abraham-Joseph for a civil law violation that occurred when he was a minor, especially when people in his exact situation are routinely released by ICE," the lawyer wrote. "Many have speculated as to possible ulterior motives for his arrest and detention, including that he released music five days prior to his arrest by ICE, which included new lyrics condemning the behavior of immigration officials for their detention of children at the border.
"We are unaware of why ICE apparently targeted Mr. Abraham-Joseph, but we will do everything possible to legally seek his release and pursue his available relief in immigration court."
In "A Lot," which 21 Savage performed on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" days before his arrest, the 26-year-old took aim at ICE officials for their handling of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border.
"Went through some things, but I couldn’t imagine my kids stuck at the border (Straight up)," he raps. "Flint still need water (Straight up), n##gas was innocent, couldn’t get lawyers (On God)."
In his statement, the lawyer confirmed the rapper was born in the U.K. but arrived in the U.S. legally when he was seven years old, contradicting reports that he was a teenager when he moved.
He continued to explain that his legal status expired in 2006 and he filed an application for a U visa in 2017, and that he has three U.S. citizen children and a mother and four siblings who are in the country lawfully.