21 Savage has issued his first public statement since being detained by ICE for allegedly dwelling within the U.S. illegally. In a brand new assertion launched his lawyer, the rapper confirmed he was born within the U.Ok. in 1992, however says ICE’s claims about his immigration historical past are inaccurate. In their preliminary arrest, ICE alleged that Savage (née She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph) got here to the U.S. from Britain in 2005 when he was 12 on a one-year visa that was by no means renewed. Savage now states that he immigrated to the U.S. when he was 7 years outdated on an H-Four visa, which might’ve been round 1999. He says he then visited the U.Ok. for a month in 2005 and returned with a still-valid visa. By 2006, he says he misplaced his authorized standing “via no fault of his personal,” and utilized for a brand new visa in 2017 when he found he’d been within the U.S. illegally.
Savage’s lawyer, Charles H. Kluck, maintains that Homeland Security has recognized about his immigration standing since that new utility. Kluck claimed in a press release on Monday that ICE is now trying to “intimidate” Savage into leaving the U.S. and has denied him launch on bond. In the brand new assertion, Kluck says that Savage is eligible to hunt cancellation of removing from an immigration choose as a result of he has lived within the U.S. because the first grade and has quick household who’re both everlasting residents or residents, together with his mom and 4 siblings. Kluck additionally told TMZ that ICE could have focused Savage after he criticized border management throughout a performance on the Tonight Show final week; he added the lyric “been via some issues so I can’t think about my youngsters caught on the border” to his tune “A Lot.” On Tuesday, Savage’s co-manager shared that Savage is at present being held beneath 23-hour lockdown.