Hank Johnson Pleads for 21 Savage’s Release
Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) is backing 21 Savage after the rapper was arrested in Atlanta over the weekend by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The artist, whose real name isShe'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, allegedly entered the U.S. legally in July 2005 at age seven on an H-4 visa. However, ICE says he failed to leave under the terms of his "nonimmigrant visa" when it expired in 2006. They said the 26-year-old rapper is a British citizen who was convicted on felony drug charges in October 2014 in Fulton County. However, the attorney representing Abraham-Joseph told a local Atlanta TV station that there is no drug conviction. Johnson pushed back on claims ICE made that the rapper was in hiding. The Congressman also penned a letter to the agency touting 21 Savage’s deep connection to the city and pleaded for his release. "He was raised and spent his formative years in and around Atlanta, and he has developed deep family roots and personal ties to our wonderful State of Georgia," the letter reads. "She'yaa's immediate family members residing there include his mother, three sisters, two brothers, and three children. She'yaa is the primary breadwinner for most of his siblings, and for his children." Read the full letter here.