- The Washington Times
Monday, February 11, 2019

A key House Democrat on Monday complained about immigration officers’ arrest last week of an Atlanta-area rapper who was in the country illegally.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, chair of the House’s immigration subcommittee, said She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, who performs under the name 21 Savage, should be released from custody and allowed to pursue a path to citizenship.

And she questioned whether U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement targeted the British national because he released a song complaining about family separations at the border.

“His detainment in an Atlanta ICE detention center raises a number of questions,” she said.

Ms. Lofgren said she wants to bring Mr. Abraham-Joseph before her subcommittee to give him a platform to tell his story of arrest and detention.

Mr. Abraham-Joseph, 26, came to the U.S. on a temporary visa in 2005 with his family. He was a minor at the time. The family overstayed the visa and has remained here since.

ICE officers arrested him earlier this month and he remained in custody this week.

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