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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 6, 2019

Atlanta rapper 21 Savage’s deportation case caught in court backlog
By Jeremy Redmon

Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage drew national attention in February when federal immigration authorities arrested him in Atlanta and disclosed he is actually a citizen of the United Kingdom who overstayed his visa here long ago. The local musician — his real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph — walked out of a federal immigration detention center in Ocilla days later on a $100,000 bond, fearing he would be separated from his family and deported. But he hasn’t appeared before a federal immigration judge since and still does not have a hearing scheduled in his deportation case, according to his attorney. The musician is caught in a growing Immigration Court backlog that now totals just over a million cases, roughly double what it was three years ago. That includes 35,115 in Georgia, the ninth-highest number among states, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research organization at Syracuse University. On average, Immigration Court cases remain unresolved for 696 days.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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