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Why ICE May Still Have Eyes On 21 Savage After His Release

By Sharelle Burt

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After days of speculation, 21 Savage has been granted his freedom and released on bond.

21 and his mother were seen boarding a private jet on a landing strip close to the immigration detention center in southern Georgia. The Atlanta rapper was arrested randomly by ICE over Super Bowl weekend in his hometown. ICE claims the London-born star had overstayed his welcome, with his visa expiring. The claims set social media ablaze with supporters revisiting the idea of abolishing ICE for good.

The news of 21 getting his freedom back is great but he isn’t off the hook just yet. There’s still work to be done.

The “A Lot” rapper still faces deportation and curious minds want to know why, especially since 21 claims to have filed for a new visa, which was pending at the time of arrest. The main goal of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is to send illegal immigrants who made their way into the United States back to their native land. But since 21 has been here for over 10 years and had an up-to-date visa, why was he arrested? There is a handbook that ICE goes by showing how denaturalization proceedings are used to rid citizenship from naturalized Americans.

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The handbook, which was issued in 2008, shows how the federal government pursues denaturalization against naturalized citizens and the instructions on how to prosecute cases the right way so citizenship is taken away as soon as possible.


“It’s a manual for the worst outcome” with respect to investigation targets,” Alaska immigration lawyer Margaret Stock said. “Their objective is to inflict the most pain as possible, as efficiently as possible. They feel they’re doing their job correctly if the government wins — not if justice is done.”

According to immigration attorneys, denaturalization comes in two ways. Criminal denaturalization usually goes for those that commit fraud in order to gain citizenship with crimes like terror and drugs. Civil denaturalization comes with a lower standard of proof and doesn’t result in jail time. 21, whose real name is Sha’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, pleaded guilty to felony drug charges in 2014.

The charges were dropped and were expunged from his record but clearly, ICE is trying to use that as an excuse.

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