Presumably, the next step for 21 will be a removal proceeding, in which he and his legal team will have to prove that not only is he not deportable, but also that he has some other means of relief, such as eligibility for a green card or another visa (likely the U visa that Kuck mentioned).
Smallcomb believes that 21’s fame could help his cause. “As a top entertainer, and an internationally recognized talent, 21 Savage would be eligible to apply for permanent residence in the United States, also known as a green card,” he says. “Potentially, if he can close removal proceedings, he could pursue this option to live in the United States, and ultimately seek citizenship.”
Michael Wildes, a former federal prosecutor and also one of the lawyers involved in 21 Savage's immigration matters, stated to Complex: “It is safe to say that 21 Savage serves as an exceptional role model for his many fans and should be given a fair shake when it comes to his immigration matters. We expect this to be settled but cannot provide any additional comment at this time without further authorization from his team.”
If 21’s application is denied, or things are otherwise not settled, he will face deportation. But Telson notes that the rules of deportation aren’t applied equally across the board. “If Justin Bieber was just one of my clients, he would've been deported years ago. Money can do a lot of things.”
But it can’t do everything. “ is still a black person, and I think that will not necessarily garner him any support,” Telson says. “The reasons behind [these laws] aren’t logical; they’re racist.”