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Rapper 21 Savage Disputes ICE Story About His Arrest: Reason Roundup

Plus: Bill Weld goes GOP again and the moral case for capitalism.

Abaca Press/Hahn Lionel/Abaca/Sipa USA/NewscomAbaca Press/Hahn Lionel/Abaca/Sipa USA/NewscomLawyers for rapper 21 Savage are disputing federal agents' claims about the 26-year-old, who was arrested Sunday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. ICE said the rapper—whose real name is Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph—had been deceiving everyone about having Atlanta roots, was actually from the U.K., and had overstayed his immigration visa for years.

That's all false, his lawyers say. While his Wikipedia page did indeed claim he was from Atlanta, the artist didn't write the entry himself.

It's understandable why whoever did may have been confused, since 21 Savage did attend junior high and high school in Atlanta and has been here since 2005.

An ICE spokesperson told WSBTV that the arrest was related to 21 Savage's status as "a convicted felon." But the one criminal charge in the rapper's history—a 2014 arrest on drug possession charges—was expunged last September, his lawyer Charles H. Kuck said. So if that's the reason for 21 Savage's arrest, it's "based on incorrect information about prior criminal charges."

ICE is right that the artist did overstay his visa—it expired way back in 2006. But it's not exactly his fault: At the time of his coming to the U.S. and his staying past the permitted time, 21 Savage was a minor. His parents brought him here when he was 12, and then overstayed their own work visas the following year.

"Like almost two million other children, [21 Savage] was left without legal status through no fault of his own," said Kuck. He continued:

This is a civil law violation, and the continued detention of Mr. Abraham-Joseph serves no other purpose than to unnecessarily punish him and try to intimidate him into giving up his right to fight to remain in the United States.

As an adult, 21 Savage has since been trying to get his immigration status right. In 2017, he applied for a U-Visa, admitting then to his undocumented plight. The Department of Homeland Security "has known his address and his history" since then, explained Kuck.

It's unclear why ICE waited until now to make a move. But what is clear is that some initial reporting and speculation surrounding the rapper's arrest were unwarranted. This isn't a case of a criminal brazenly trying to avoid detection, but a young man paying for his parents' actions and being used as a pawn in immigration politics.

21 Savage's arrest came just a few days after he performed on The Tonight Show.

ICE is currently holding him in federal custody without eligibility for bond. "We and he will fight for his release," said Kuck, "and his right to remain in our country."

FREE MINDS

Oh, Libertarian Bill Weld, we hardly knew ye... The former governor of Massachusetts and 2016 Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee has returned to the Republican party.

The move squelches rumors that Weld was planning to run for president on the Libertarian ticket in 2020.

FREE MARKETS

The moral case for capitalism—we need to get better at making it, argues John Allison at the Cato Institute.

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• How sex censorship is killing the internet.

• The State of the Union address is tonight.

• The Senate Judiciary Committee today will consider the nomination of Neomi Rao to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit Court. A former classmate sings her praises and pleads with Democrats to leave partisan politics out of it.

• Conspiracy theorists are promising "vigilante justice" if Trump doesn't start arresting more Satanic Democrat pedophiles soon.

• Actor Liam Neeson is facing blowback after telling an interviewer he once stalked around the city hoping to kill a random black man. Here's your periodic reminder that Neeson's biggest films—the sex-trafficking action/panic franchise Taken—are "based on a true story" that was totally fabricated.

• Take that, Jean Twenge:

• A new study published in the Lancet finds "that the risk of pancreatic, colorectal, endometrial, and gallbladder cancers in millennials is significantly higher than the risk Baby Boomers were facing when they were the same age."

• Only the best for our president:

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Actor Liam Neeson is facing blowback after telling an interviewer he once stalked around the city hoping to kill a random black man.

    Someone hasn't been paying attention.

  • MiloMinderbinder||

    I love it when a plan comes together!

  • Bee Tagger||

    terrible PR for his new movie Random

  • Crusty Juggler||

    His new movie is called Cold Pursuit.

  • Mock-star||

    Something something something Darkman

  • Mickey Rat||

    I guess he did not have certain skills to find a random black man to kill.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Only fair, some Black men have been stalking Liam around the city hopping to kill him.

    Or is that a movie idea?

  • $park¥ is the Worst||

    hopping to kill him

    https://goo.gl/images/zDZutT

  • Bee Tagger||

    The State of the Union address is tonight.

    i bet he says "the state of the union is a dress" and holds up the monica lewinsky dress just to get one more jab in at hillary

  • Conchfritters||

    That would be hilarious. The Gap needs more free publicity.

  • damikesc||

    At the risk of being harsh, perhaps Monica needs to improve her head game...

  • loveconstitution1789||

    SOTU by Trump gets more ratings than Super bowl?

    Odds anyone?

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    The real question is which has more punting?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I mean, its pretty clear that Democrats will be punting all sorts of bad Socialist policy with their "rebuttal".

    We also know that the Lefties have a bunch of "special" people on their Team.

  • Sometimes a Great Notion||

    The SOTU will certainly have the longest punt when SS and Medicare reforms aren't mentioned.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Why would Trump mention social programs that Democrats wont cut?

    He would rather focus on things he can complete, like cutting regulations and nominating a Constitutionalist justice to replace RBG.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The State of the Union address is tonight.

    If a guy drums in your face, Mr. President, don't grin at him. (Wait, does Trump ever smile?)

  • Bee Tagger||

    i take back what i said earlier. i would watch this.

  • loveconstitution1789||

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Also Trump smiles when approving tweets by his staff interns.

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    It should be Warren drumming in his face.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    Are there such things in music as 1024th notes?

  • Horatio Cornblower||

    The shortest note Wiki lists is the demisemihemidemisemiquaver, a two hundred fifty-sixth note.

  • Horatio Cornblower||

    Scratch that, a 1/1,024 note was used in "Anthony Philip Heinrich's Toccata Grande Cromatica from The Sylviad, Set 2, written around 1825", (from the link above).

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Next time on Friday Funnies...

  • Bee Tagger||

    (We all know that the movie "Taken" claimed to be "based on a true story" about sex trafficking, but the perpetrator of that lie was later found out to be a total fraud who made it all up to scam people, right?).https://t.co/Ah600D09gd

    — Mistress Matisse (@mistressmatisse) February 5, 2019

    am i supposed to feel glad to know this now or embarrassed for not knowing it before?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Nobody knew that it was based on a true story, and no one cares, we all just want to see Liam Neeson kick some Albanian ass.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    You knew it was made up right from the premise that any kid would want to see U2.

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    BUCS, is this you?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I would never go jogging. Please don't insult me to my face.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Yes, the movie didn't take place in 1986.

  • Bearded Spock||

    The questions on everyone's mind right now are 1) is he married, and 2) do they have their own website?

  • Bearded Spock||

    Crap, this was supposed to be my snappy answer to Crusty's post below.

    Damn Squirrels.

  • Bramblyspam||

    Whenever a movie claims to be "based on a true story", I mentally insert the word "loosely" at the beginning of that phrase.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    his lawyer Charles H. Kuck

    lmfao

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ICE is right that the artist did overstay his visa—it expired way back in 2006. But it's not exactly his fault...

    Federal agencies are big on checking fault.

  • Bee Tagger||

    best known for his optimistic forecasts for the U.S. economy in 2007 just before the financial crisis

    all i want to know is did he wear bearface or bullface while making these forecasts?

  • Bee Tagger||

    The move squelches rumors that Weld was planning to run for president on the Libertarian ticket in 2020.

    sqWELCHes, maybe

  • Just Say'n||

    Now super libertarian-y Senator Flake is on deck which is just awesome, because he supports warrant less data collection and a carbon tax, but he says mean things about Trump.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I am so glad that the LP changed their platform. If you say mean things about Trump, you're a "Libertarian".

    Welch will thrown Cosmo party.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The former governor of Massachusetts and 2016 Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee has returned to the Republican party.

    He knows which way the MAGA hat is blowing.

  • Ryan (formally HFTO)||

    Along with any libertarian hoping to have an impact in this country

  • Just Say'n||

    The LP would have left a real impact by nominating Weld. They would have once again demonstrated that they are the "alternative that wasn't".

  • BYODB||

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure most of the comments section regulars saw this coming years ago. Is literally anyone shocked?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Conspiracy theorists are promising "vigilante justice" if Trump doesn't start arresting more Satanic Democrat pedophiles soon.

    I don't condone vigilantism but, seriously, what's taking him so long?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    The big wigs at Davos are preventing Trump from declaring War on Pedos.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Feds Spend $228,636 to Find Out Why Obese Lesbians Binge Eat

    "Young adult lesbian women are twice as likely to be overweight and obese as their heterosexual peers and Black women are similarly more likely to be obese than White women," according to the grant. "Despite well documented disparities in binge eating, little is known about contributing factors in lesbian women, and in particular racial minorities."

    The researchers claim society can "influence young women's eating in everyday life" and hypothesize that racism and homophobia are having an impact on minority lesbians who binge eat.

    "Consistent with minority stress theories, preliminary data also suggest sexual minority stress—or the stress people from stigmatized groups are exposed to due to their marginalized social status—likely influences binge eating in lesbian women, but the role of unique minority experiences in binge eating has not been examined using EMA [mobile technology-based ecological momentary assessment]."

    I really need to get into science.

  • $park¥ is the Worst||

    It's obviously because women don't care about the physical appearance of potential partners.

  • Sometimes a Great Notion||

    And black women are probably responding to their male counter parts preferred body type.

    I like big butts and I can not lie
    You other brothers can't deny

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    racism and homophobia are having an impact on minority lesbians who binge eat

    This sounds like a good hypothesis. I have noticed I'm more likely to overeat on days when I'm misgendered with he / him pronouns instead of my preferred they / them. And things are even worse for minority lesbians since we have a white nationalist President who's literally trying to turn this country into The Handmaid's Tale. The oppression they experience on a daily basis must be nearly unbearable.

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    That OBL guy? He is gonna overeat today.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    It's pretty clear that they'll munch on just about anything.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Or maybe they're lesbians because they're obese and can't get a dude.

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    They didn't look hard enough.

  • ||

    It's a chicken-or-the-egg problem.

    Rather than making yourself a healthy egg-white omelette for breakfast you opt for the cold, leftover fried chicken from last night, get fat, can't find a dude, wind up with a lesbian partner and empathize/commiserate over a bucket of fried chicken.

    The 'Finger Licking Good' feedback loop.

  • Conchfritters||

    It's unclear why ICE waited until now to make a move.

    I'm going to go out on a limb and guess it's because the alphabet soup doesn't coordinate very well. Maybe eliminate ICE, FBI, NSA, TSA, ATF, CIA, DHS, and just create one federal goon squad. You could probably eliminate a couple hundred thousand jobs too.

  • DesigNate||

    If they combined all of those agencies, they'd probably hire 100,00 more people, not eliminate positions.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    More bad economic news.

    Profits in the first quarter are now expected to decline as company outlooks fall short

    #DrumpfRecession
    #UnbanPalinsButtplug

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    President Trump's pick to lead the World Bank is Trump campaign advisor & Treasury undersecretary David Malpass, who was a Bear Stearns economist perhaps best known for his optimistic forecasts for the U.S. economy in 2007 just before the financial crisis https://t.co/wJSf8BZXaA https://t.co/FWTZMe3vKC
    — Anna Massoglia (@annalecta) February 5, 2019

    No one wants a Debbie Downer at the World Bank.

  • Bearded Spock||

    The real question is what kind of stock market investor would hire a company with the word "bear" in its name?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...the risk of pancreatic, colorectal, endometrial, and gallbladder cancers in millennials is significantly higher than the risk Baby Boomers were facing when they were the same age.

    Or maybe they just complain about it more.

  • Bearded Spock||

    One thing is sure they'll blame it on the Boomers.

  • BYODB||

    I'm sure it has nothing to do with medical advancements or early detection. That would be unpossible.

  • Crusty Juggler||

  • Mickey Rat||

    Is he now under arrest for harming a protected species?

  • Cyto||

    The article put "self defense" in scare quotes. As in, maybe he didn't kill the mountain lion with his bare hands in self defense. You know, like he was cruising around for a mountain lion to battle to the death, bare handed.

    'cause that's how he rolls.

  • ||

    The sex of the animal that ambushed the jogger was not reported.

    A man killing a female mountain is not OK.

  • croaker||

    If he had used a gun, he would be. Now it's just self-defense.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Mountain Lion meet Mountain Man.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Here's your periodic reminder that Neeson's biggest films—the sex-trafficking action/panic franchise Taken—are "based on a true story" that was totally fabricated.

    DON'T TALK SMACK ABOUT THAT MOVIE IT'S GREAT.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    'I Convinced Him,' Student Claims She Manipulated Her Teacher With Cancer Into Sex

    The unnamed student, now 20, testified Tuesday that the former teacher was manipulated into the situation because of her.

    "I convinced him he was going to die," she said, according to the Rockford Register Star report. "It was more manipulation than anything. On my part. I took advantage of what I knew."

    What she reportedly knew was that he had cancer, WTVO in Rockford, Illinois reports.
  • damikesc||

    How ugly or utterly unbangable is she?

  • $park¥ is the Worst||

    I know you'll all want to get in on this.

    https://www.needtoimpeach.com

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I wonder how many of those people think impeachment means removal from office.

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    Was hoping it was a mail order site for artisinal peaches.

  • Conchfritters||

    Conspiracy theorists are promising "vigilante justice" if Trump doesn't start arresting more Satanic Democrat pedophiles soon.

    There are plenty of Satanic pedophiles on the right too - just ask Lawrence E King Jr, Bush's friend.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    So this is just more polemic nonsense.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Joshua Trump's name got him bullied. Now the sixth-grader is going to the State of the Union.

    Joshua Trump, a sixth-grade student from Wilmington, Del., who is not related to the president, drew headlines last year after his parents went public to share stories of the abuse they said he had suffered because of his last name.

    "They curse at him, they call him an idiot, they call him stupid," his mother, Megan Trump Berto, told ABC affiliate WPVI at the time.

    The issue has been ongoing for years, his parents said. They even pulled Joshua out of school for home schooling at one point but decided to enroll him in middle school with the hope that the bullying would decrease. It didn't.

    "He said he hates himself, and he hates his last name, and he feels sad all the time, and he doesn't want to live feeling like that anymore, and as a parent that's scary," Trump Berto said.
  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Getting to leave Wilmington is the feel good ending of this story.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Census Bureau: 75 million more immigrants by 2060, 95% of future US growth

    23% more people, not including American birth rates if they go positive, in the USA.

    More traffic, more welfare, more Socialists who want that immigrant vote.

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Needed to prop up the SS pyramid scheme.

  • BYODB||

    The libertarian position is that American's shouldn't work, instead we should be supported by a UBI funded off the hard labor of minorities who aren't eligible for the programs their labor supports.

    It may not be that explicitly, but that is functionally what they're talking about.

    The biggest problem with libertarians is that they seem to fail to realize that the rest of the world exists.

  • damikesc||

    Oh, Libertarian Bill Weld, we hardly knew ye... The former governor of Massachusetts and 2016 Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee has returned to the Republican party.

    Stunner.

    Jeez Johnson was a fucking idiot.

  • Just Say'n||

    The cosmo god that failed

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Should've went with Austin Petersen imo

  • Just Say'n||

    Should have went with McAfee

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Every Libertarian VP should just be a writhing fuckpile of the runner ups, referred to as a singular being.

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    STEVE SMITH APPROVE THIS MESSAGE.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    So does McAfee oddly enough.

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    I hope McAfee picks a whale as a VP. I've always wanted to vote for a whale.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    You must have lived in New Jersey to vote for Chris Christie.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    *not have lived

  • Mickey Rat||

    Curse his sudden yet inevitable betrayal!

  • damikesc||

    "WHO, besides everybody on Earth, COULD HAVE FORESEEN THIS TREACHERY?!?"

  • Azathoth!!||

    What treachery?

    Losing the GOP nomination is the LP equivalent of campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire.

    The LP candidate is usually some GOP defective.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    US prepares to start building portion of Texas border wall

    Reason missed this border wall construction story for Shikha to screech about?

    Senate Democrats Try to Cut Off 'Emergency Funds' for Trump's Border Wall: The RAIDER Act looks to preempt the president from going down the route he seems destined to take.

    Haha. This means that (1) Trump can use those emergency funds to build more border fence (2) the media has been trying to hide exactly how Trump would do it and he knew exactly where the money was coming from (3) Congress already assigned the money which makes it Constitution (4) Trump would veto any law to cut off those funds and Congress cannot get a veto-proof majority of 2/3.

  • Michael Ejercito||

    If this limey thinks that deportation is only for Mexicans, he will learn otherwise soon enough.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    Governor Coonman still hasn't resigned yet, and I don't think he's going to either.

    And good old Block Yomomma still hasn't said a word about it either. What a fucking gutless little weasel.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Well said.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I love when he says Block Yomomma.

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    You just know those will be Mikey's last words uttered with his last breath: "Fuck Block Yomomma."

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Come on. We all know Mikey's last words were "Hey, I can't log in".

  • croaker||

    Just before the SWAT team kicks in his door and starts shooting.

  • AlmightyJB||

    LOL

  • Just Say'n||

    "Governor Coonman"? I thought his nickname was "After Birth of a Nation"

  • Incomprehensible Bitching||

    "Coonman" was my favorite Soundgarden track.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    NBC News panel blames Trump for Gov. Ralph Northam's blackface scandal

    Finally! I mean Trump is always 1 degree of separation away from everything.

  • ||

    Hey, at least they didn't call him a racist like Nick Gillespie did.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    'The Jacket' makes Gillespie do many things that he doesn't want to do.

  • damikesc||

    I like Melvin (he was the local news anchor here for years).

    But has he forgotten that blackface comments got somebody fired FROM THE VERY SHOW HE WAS ON JUST LAST YEAR?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Earth's magnetic north pole is hurtling toward Russia

    I wonder how much Russian money was used with FriendFace to make this happen?

    PUTIN!

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    Maybe we should remove that Russian iron tariff?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    That would be some irony.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Female Brains Appear to Be More Youthful Than Male Ones, Study Suggests

    It is like arguing with irrational children, ammirite guys?

  • ||

    It is like arguing with irrational children, ammirite guys?

    Personally, I won't date a woman who's brain appears to be over 30.

    Of course her's is more youthful. I have to remember all 54 Presidents, who won all 52 Super Bowls, how many rounds go in an M1 Garand clip, how to use '3 on a tree' and 'four on the floor' transmissions, how to replace fuzes and lightbulbs, and wiring across more than half a decade of electrical hardware. She has to remember which day of the month it is and this week's grocery list that's hanging on the fridge.

  • Just Say'n||

    When are we going to see the articles about how whether or not Fairfax is guilty of sexual assault his forceful response to the allegation shows that he doesn't have the temperament to serve as governor?

  • Just Say'n||

    Where are the "boofing truthers" with their "believe all women"? ENB you're a conspiracist with your "prostitute holds the key to Russia Fever Dreams" and "I don't care what the video shows that kid smirked or something"? Why aren't you conspiracizing like you do?

  • damikesc||

    Yeah, I wonder how Ford is credible when Fairfax's accuser apparently isn't, in spite of her reporting the allegation MUCH earlier and providing a time and place where it happened.

    Why isn't she "credible"?

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    Oh, Libertarian Bill Weld, we hardly knew ye... The former governor of Massachusetts and 2016 Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee has returned to the Republican party.

    LOL Weld the Geld.

    I bet Geld's fellow gelding Matt Welch feels angry, betrayed, and more than a little stupid right now. He moved a lot of electrons around over the last couple of years telling us all how great Geld is.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    LOL Weld the Geld.

    This man has a gift.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    Yes, but he missed the obvious; Matt Geldch

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Very nice.

  • Ska||

    Matt Felch - too far?

  • $park¥ is the Worst||

    fellow gelding Matt Welch

    Do you hate him so much that you won't give him an awesome nickname? Do you still love him a little bit?

  • AlmightyJB||

    Satanic Pedophiles would not be my first choice for a band name.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Pedo Satanists?

  • ||

    Oh, Libertarian Bill Weld, we hardly knew ye... The former governor of Massachusetts and 2016 Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee has returned to the Republican party.

    No, you take him!

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Tuesday Weld > J-B Weld > My taint sweat > Bill Weld.

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    Is that ranked based on adhesive strength?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Ranked on masturbatory enhancement.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    In that case I'd say that J-B Weld and your taint sweat are roughly equivalent.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    My taint sweat ring out, son!

  • Dillinger||

    so Liam Neeson jumped Smollett.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Rare snow falls around the Bay Area

    Good thing weather is not climate.

  • damikesc||

    ...except when it is hot. Then it totally is.

    I love the whole "Just because it is global warming does not mean it cannot be cold where you are" --- indicating that the word "global" seems confusing to some people.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    If the climate is made up of actual weather evidence over time, then cycles of actual weather impact climate in some manner.

  • BYODB||

    It definitely makes you wonder if a global average temperature actually matters or if it's just mankind creating a guesstimate average to drive their own personal agenda's.

    It seems the "think globally, act locally' meme is dead since China does a ton of our manufacturing now. I guess after the greens got their NIMBY policies enacted they realized that they had run out of things to be shrill about, so now their goal is exterminating mankind as they are the root of all evil.

    Sounds 'sustainable', right? Never mind that entropy abounds, so 'sustainable' is and always has been nothing but a cute lie.

  • Bubba Jones||

    "The FBI, local police and universities hired him for his supposed expertise."

    That seems like the kind of thing the FBI would be able to confirm prior to hiring him.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    • How sex censorship is killing the internet.

    It's uhh, not just sex censorship that's killing the internet. But sure, that too.

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