Jay-Z Hires Extra Lawyer To Propel 21 Savage’s Freedom, Lawyers Confirm Savage Was Born In U.K., Arrived In U.S. Legally
Jay-Z joined forces in support of freeing 21 Savage. The “a lot” rapper was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Sunday (Feb. 3) for allegedly overstaying his visa as a child. It was confirmed, per NY Daily News, Jay has hired a lawyer to assist Savage’s legal counsel.
About Savage’s arrest, Jay stated:
The arrest and detention of 21 Savage is an absolute travesty, his U visa petition has been pending for 4 years. In addition to being a successful recording artist, 21 deserves to be reunited with his children immediately, #Free21Savage
Jay hired Alex Spiro, a New York based attorney ready to assist in the release of Savage, while also investigating
this miscarriage of justice. You’ve got a young person who is successful, who takes care of his children and supports a lot of people that work for him and is a productive member of society. We found it to be untenable that he would be held.
As Spiro joins the counsel, Savage’s previously appointed six-person counsel released a statement late Tuesday evening about their client. They insisted ICE had distributed false information to the public and is detaining the 26-year-old rapper for no lawful reason.
Mr. Abraham-Joseph has no criminal convictions or charges under state or federal law and is free to seek relief from removal in immigration court,” his six-person legal counsel said in a statement released late Tuesday. 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.
The counsel also confirmed Savage was born in the United Kingdom, but arrived in the United States at the age of 7.
Mr. Abraham-Joseph arrived legally in the United States at the age of 7 under an H-4 visa. He remained in the United States until June 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 lost his legal status through no fault of his own. We are unaware of why ICE apparently targeted Mr. Abraham-Joseph, but we will do everything possible to legally seek his release and pursue his available relief in immigration court.
They noted their may be “possible ulterior motives” after his performance of “a lot” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” The rapper added a few lines in place of J. Cole’s original verse,
Been through some things, but I couldn’t imagine my kids stuck at the border (Straight up).