21 had applied for a non-immigrant "U-Visa" in 2017, but the application is still pending.
In 2017, he applied for a United States "U Visa" on the basis that he had been the "victim of crime", he added.
Apparently they couldn't find him since then, which doesn't make much sense because he is one of the most sought after rappers of our generation.
They say he is British and in the USA illegally.
Noting that the USA 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.
Officers arrested Abraham-Joseph after discovering his unlawful status because he was in a vehicle with another rapper who was the target of a criminal arrest.
ICE argues that Abraham-Joseph was convicted, but the rapper's lawyers in turn said that he was arrested but not convicted. Since his arrest last week, the artist has been held by ICE without bond.
It's also too convenient that when Abraham-Joseph has been outwardly critical of ICE, all of a sudden the agency realizes that he is not of legal status.
The rapper, known legally as She-yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, entered the United States illegally in 2005 and stayed in the country after his nonimmigrant visa expired a year later, according to ICE officials. So why didn't they detain him then? When people hear his music and see his tattoos and mugshot from 2014, they automatically assume that he's a unsafe threat and needs to go back to Britain.
For example, he announced on "The Ellen Show" in early 2018 that he was starting a financial literacy program for children.
Isn't that the "type of immigrant" the current administration is looking for? Over the weekend, Abraham-Joseph's family members posted social media images of dozens of handwritten letters from Atlanta-area school children calling on immigration officials not to deport the rapper. The UK citizen and longtime Atlanta resident originally came with family from the United Kingdom when he was seven years old, spending the majority of his life in Decatur, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. The rapper is locked in a battle with USA immigration authorities to stay in the US, the country he grew up in.