FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, 21 Savage performs at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

21 Savage: Young undocumented immigrants should be ‘exempt’

October 04, 2019 - 4:58 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper 21 Savage says undocumented immigrants who lived in America as children should automatically become U.S. citizens.

The Grammy-nominated artist who was held earlier this year in federal immigration custody also told The Associated Press on Thursday night that undocumented immigrants like him shouldn’t have to endure the lengthy process to obtain visas.

He spoke in an exclusive interview before receiving an award from the National Immigration Law Center.

NILC honored 21 Savage for being an advocate for immigrant justice. He was arrested in February in what U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said was a targeted operation over his expired visa.

He was released after 10 days in a Georgia detention center.

The rapper, whose given name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, is a British citizen who moved to the U.S. when he was 7.

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