21 Savage's lawyer says ICE committed "civil law violation" to "punish and intimidate"

The attorney for detained performing artist 21 Savage blasts ICE in a statement the day after his client was arrested: "This is a civil law violation, and the continued detention of Mr. Abraham-Joseph serves no other purpose than to unnecessarily punish him and try to intimidate him into giving up his right to fight to remain in the US."

21 Savage is also known as Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph. He was arrested Sunday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after ICE was informed (wonder by who?) the artist is from the UK, and has been staying in the country with an expired visa.

He is now in "removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts," ICE told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Ella Torres at NY Daily News writes,

The lawyer for 21 Savage blasted ICE following the arrest of the rapper, calling his detainment a "civil law violation" solely meant to "unnecessarily punish him and try to intimidate him."

"ICE has not charged Mr. Abraham-Joseph with any crime. As a minor, his family overstayed their work visas, and he, like almost two million other children, was left without legal status through no fault of his own," Charles H. Kuck said Monday in a statement.

Kuck also noted that 21 Savage, whose real name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, "never hid his immigration status from the US government."

The Atlanta-based rapper allegedly has a pending U-Visa application, eligible for people who have been the victim of a crime. He applied in 2017 and made the Department of Homeland Security aware of his history, Kuck said.

"Yet they took no action against him until this past weekend," Kuck said.

21 Savage was arrested Sunday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after they learned he was actually from the UK and was staying in the country with an expired visa, the department said.

The rapper performed last Thursday at the Super Bowl Music Fest in Atlanta at State Farm Arena.

The arrest happened on Sunday, the day of the Super Bowl.

ICE spokesman Bryan Cox says the arrest was a "targeted operation."

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