One day after 21 Savage was detained in Atlanta by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement claiming he overstayed a temporary visa after migrating to America from the U.K. in 2005, the rapper still remains in custody. In response, Black Lives Matter has started a petition to #Free21Savage.
“The circumstances of Mr. Abraham-Joseph’s detention stand as a testament to the consistent and historically under-reported harassment and targeting of Black immigrants,” the description reads. “The US’ violent history of criminalizing Blackness intersects with its deadly legacy of detaining and deporting Black and Brown immigrants. This needs to stop today!” At the time of publication, the petition has more than 12,000 signatures. in just a few hours. BLM teamed up with a number of other civil rights organizations for the campaign, including Undocublack, Color of Change and Define American.
Earlier in the day, the rapper’s legal rep released a statement, writing that the arrest was “based upon incorrect information about prior criminal charges and [ICE is] now refusing to release him on bond of any amount, despite the fact that he has a pending U-Visa application (as the victim of crime) with USCIS, and that he has relief from removal available to him.”
Read and sign BLM’s petition here.