21 Savage’s Deportation Hearing Postponed: Report
21 Savage was scheduled to appear in court this month for a hearing regarding his arrest by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. However, like some immigrants going through the difficult process to attain a U.S. citizenship, 21's hearing has been postponed.
In Billboard's new cover story, 21, who was born She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, describes the hardships of overcoming his immigration ordeal. Later on, it's revealed that 21's hearing, which was originally set for April 9, was postponed with no confirmed rescheduled date. The delay will send his case to a group of judges, however, the rapper's lawyer Charles Kuck believes that won't happen for some time.
“They don’t have enough nondetained judges, so his case is waiting to be assigned. I can’t give anybody, even him, a date as to when that might be," Kuck said about the postponement.
The cover story opens with 21 Savage's experience visiting kids in schools in his community with Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson, D-Ga. 21's already stepped up his efforts to help serve the students of Atlanta and at-risk youth in general since his release, and his team ensures fans that his only goal is to expand his charitable ventures and bring some truth to the themes of his raps on I Am > I Was.
“The worst thing was sitting in there not knowing what was going to happen, or when it’s going to happen,” 21 says about his arrest. “Whenever I went to jail before, it was, ‘You’re being charged with this and going to court on this date.’ But immigration ain’t like that. You’re just being held.”
There's still a chance 21 Savage could obtain permanent residency in the United States since he's lived in Atlanta for over 10 years and has two sons and a daughter -- all three of whom are U.S. citizens.
“Just stay down with me and wait," 21 tells Billboard.
Read Billboard's cover story featuring the Saint Laurent Don in full.
See Behind-the-Scenes Photos of 21 Savage at 2016 XXL Freshman Class Cover Shoot