Beloved rappers Cardi B and Nicki Minaj are coming to the defense of rapper 21 Savage (legal name Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph), who has been the subject of derisive jokes since he was detained by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency this past weekend.
Tomi Lahren, a popular conservative pundit, took aim at the embattled artist with a joke on Twitter, directly referring to lyrics from his hit single "Bank Account."
"I got one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight ICE agents ready to deport ya," Lahren wrote on social media on February 3, shortly after news of the arrest had broke.
Cardi and Minaj have since offered separate replies in defense of Abraham-Joseph.
"Your obsession [with] our culture is scary to say the least," Minaj replied on Twitter, on February 4. "I hate giving you the attention you so desperately crave. Laughing [at people] getting deported as if your ancestors discovered America. Are you Native American? You [expletive] clown."
Cardi's response called back to an earlier feud she had with the right-wing talking head, in which the two clashed over Cardi's statements about the Trump presidency, which led Cardi to declare she would "dog walk" Lahren.
"Don’t make me get my leash," Cardi wrote yesterday.
Tomi continued the back and forth with the two rappers.
"Here’s something maybe we can agree on, our immigration system is broken," she said to Cardi. "We need to keep our country safe while also making sure people who work hard, contribute and don’t leech off the system are able to LEGALLY immigrate here."
And to Minaj: "When you’re in the country illegally, you get deported. I didn’t write the law and neither did ICE. They enforce it. I hope @21savage is able to get an entertainment visa or become a citizen one day. P.S. My ancestors did discover America."
Both Minaj and Cardi have collaborated with Abraham-Joseph on music in the past.
Confusion about the nature of ICE's arrest of Abraham-Joseph remains: It is unclear, for example, how his immigration status did not become an issue when he had previously been arrested on unrelated felony gun charges in October 2014.
In a statement to TMZ, Abraham-Joseph's lawyer, Charles H. Kuck, said that the motivations for ICE making the arrest were to "unnecessarily punish" the artist.
"As a minor, his family overstayed their work visas, and he, like almost two million other children, was left without legal status through no fault of his own," Kuck said. "[ICE is trying] to intimidate him into giving up his right to fight to remain in the United States."
[Photo: Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images]
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