Silence on 21 Savage at Grammy Awards draws criticism on social media

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The rapper faced drug-related felony charges in 2014, the results of which have been expunged from his record due to Georgia's first offender law.

The 26-year-old, real name Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested last week by United States immigration agents.

Noting that the US has the largest imprisoned population of non-citizens in the world, with ICE having an average daily detention population of 44,631 people as of October 2018, the advocacy group said that "although black immigrants comprise just 5.4 percent of the undocumented population, they make up 10.6 percent of all immigrants in removal proceedings", citing data from the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and NYU School of Law Immigrants Rights Clinic.

According to comments given to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution by ICE spokesperson Brian Cox, Abraham-Joseph was facing "removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts".

Last week, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted out the lyrics in question: "The gas was off, so we had to boil up the water/ Been through some things so I can't imagine my kids stuck at the border/ Flint still need water/ People was innocent, couldn't get lawyers".

After his arrest, ICE said Abraham-Joseph entered the USA legally in July 2005, when he was 12, but has remained in the country illegally since his visa expired in July 2006. He came here when he was 13 years old and his parents overstayed their work visas. 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 nearly 20 years, except for a brief visit overseas", his lawyers said. Unfortunately, in 2006 Mr. Abraham-Joseph's legal status expired through no fault of his own.

On the contrary, the rapper has done a lot for his community in Atlanta such as create numerous charitable campaigns for the children who reside in the city.

Abraham-Joseph's lawyers said he asked them to send a message to his supporters.

United States website TMZ quoted his lawyer Dina LaPolt as saying "while we work with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding".

A number of high-profile celebrities have spoken out against Abraham-Joseph's outrageous detention. Writing from his personal social media account, Carter has called the detention "an absolute travesty".

Abraham-Joseph's situation is similar to many Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. In real life, everything I do, I want to bring everybody together.

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