The rap community is rallying around 21 Savage after he was arrested by ICE on Sunday morning. The 26-year-old Atlanta resident is allegedly from the U.K. and has been in the United States illegally for the past 13 years.
21 was riding around with fellow rapper Young Nudy and two other men when they were pulled over. Although Nudy was law enforcement’s original target, once APD officers ran 21’s government name, Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph he was placed into custody.
According to a statement from ICE, “Mr. Abraham-Joseph initially entered the U.S. legally in July 2005, but subsequently failed to depart under the terms of his nonimmigrant visa and he became unlawfully present in the U.S. when his visa expired in July 2006.
“In addition to being in violation of federal immigration law, Mr. Abraham-Joseph was convicted on felony drug charges in October 2014 in Fulton County, Georgia.”
The I Am > I Was artist is currently facing deportation. Despite the serious nature of the situation, social media has turned 21 into a giant meme.
Killer Mike, Cardi B, Meek Mill, Offset, Nicki Minaj, Vince Staples and Swizz Beatz are just a few of the many artists who have come to 21’s defense on social media.