21 Savage may or not be deported, not because he’s ineligible to stay in the United States … but because of Donald Trump.
According to TMZ … the decision to arrest and deport 21 was made months ago by the Atlanta bureau of ICE. At that time, ICE decided it would arrest Savage and hold him without bond until he could be deported.
As for why ICE wanted Savage held without bond, we’ve learned they incorrectly believed 21 had a felony conviction, which would have disqualified him from being able to post bond. As was reported, 21’s 2014 drug conviction was expunged and sealed in the Fall — which effectively erases it — but because court records weren’t updated, ICE only saw the conviction in their database.
What makes this more interesting, ICE headquarters in Washington D.C. got involved in the case, right when local ICE officials figured out 21 no longer had that felony on his record and should be released on bond. D.C. officials however ignored that fact and doubled down, saying 21 should NOT be released. No word as to why D.C. took such a position when it was not supported by the facts.
It has been confirmed that ICE was on the scene with various other local and federal law enforcement agencies when 21 was arrested on Super Bowl Sunday with a plan to arrest him. ATF first took 21 into custody and literally handed him over to an ICE agent on the spot.
ICE had no other involvement in the other arrests at the scene … they were only there to arrest 21. It is unclear why ICE needed to be part of that operation … when at any point in time, they could’ve arrested the rapper at his home in the months prior to the sting?
As was reported, 21’s lawyers went to court Tuesday and convinced a judge to bond 21 out. As for next steps, 21’s application to stay in the U.S. will be processed, and it’s virtually certain it will be approved because he qualifies on every count. He has dependents in the country, he has no convictions, and he’s been here more than 10 years. There are no obstacles in his way … except our President.
As with most if not all immigration policies, the Trump administration changed the policies from previous administrations. Trump’s marching orders are to deport people who have a pending visa application — even if it’s a slam dunk — and they can come back if and when it’s approved.
Also, before 21 Savage was released Tuesday, ICE agents told him they would drop deportation proceedings if he voluntarily left the country, which he declined … so the fight is on.
BTW … 21 filed his application to stay in the U.S. in 2017 and it takes around 4 years for ICE to process it.