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21 Savage's lawyers release statement confirming he was born in the UK

06 February 2019, 10:14 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

21 Savage's lawyers have delivered a statement on his residency situation, having been detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier this week.

21 Savage, real name She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, has always talked about his Atlanta upbringing, before ICE declared his "public persona" as "false" earlier this week, adding, "He actually came to the US from the UK as a teen and overstayed his visa."

The rapper's lawyers have delivered a lengthy statement clarifying his situation, "Mr. Abraham-Joseph was born in the United Kingdom. Mr. Abraham-Joseph arrived legally in the United States at the age of 7. He remained in the United States until 2005, when he departed for approximately one month to visit the United Kingdom. He returned to the United States under a valid H-4 visa on July 22, 2005. Mr. Abraham-Joseph has been continuously physically present in the United States for almost 20 years, except for a brief visit abroad. Unfortunately, in 2006 Mr. Abraham-Joseph's legal status expired through no fault of his own."

The statement goes on to say that Abraham-Joseph was "left without immigration status as a young child with no way to fix his immigration status", declaring him a Dreamer, which America's Voice explain "is pathway to citizenship to young people who were brought to the United States as children without documentation".

Clarifying the statement provided by ICE, his lawyers write, "Mr. Abraham-Joseph has no criminal convictions or charges under state or federal law", before adding, "ICE provided incorrect information to the press when it claimed he had a criminal conviction".

They also reveal the rapper has a pending U visa application with the USCIS after being shot six times on his 21st birthday back in 2013.

Closing the statement, the lawyers explain, "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". They also consider a hidden agenda with the situation, stating, "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."

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