ATLANTA (AP) — Attorneys for Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage say he’s being wrongly held by federal immigration authorities.
Law firm Kuck Baxter Immigration released a statement Monday saying U.S. officials have known about his immigration status since at least 2017 when he sought a new visa that is pending.
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— Kuck Baxter Immigration (@KuckBaxter) February 4, 2019
U.S. Customs and Immigration officials said the artist, whose given name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested in a targeted operation in the Atlanta area because of a felony conviction and put in deportation proceedings.
Fulton County prosecutors said Abraham-Joseph’s case is sealed and no information can be provided.
Officials say Abraham-Joseph is a British citizen brought to the U.S. as a 12-year-old who overstayed his visa.
Abraham-Joseph’s lawyers say he is not a flight risk, which would be the only justification for holding him.
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