21 Savage’s Citizenship Saga and Becoming American

Timothy Welbeck SAVE THIS

21 Savage. (Ralph Arvesen, WikiCommons)

“We got Savage.” This is what She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, better known as 21 Savage, last recalls hearing as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents drew their weapons before arresting him on Feb. 3. He spent the next week and a half sequestered in solitary confinement weighing the gravity of his detention, which ended with his release on $100,000 bond. He now faces the imminent threat of deportation.

When first announced, the entire scenario seemed ludicrous. The notion that 21 Savage was not welcome in Atlanta perplexed many, especially considering his name has become synonymous with the city where “the players play.” Nevertheless, ICE agents arrested him following what they referred to as a “targeted operation.”  The agency further alleged that he is an “unlawfully present United Kingdom national.” The controversy encircling 21 Savage centers on the notion of what it means to be…

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