Thursday, October 19th, 2006 at 9:47 am
Back in 2003, Slick Rick and his family thought that his legal troubles with immigration and the government were over. Now the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is bringing his name back to the courts to try and get him deported to
The debacle started in 1990 when Rick was convicted for shooting his cousin and a bystander, accusing his cousin of extortion. He served his time and was released in 1994. In 1996, however, there was a law passed that called for non-U.S. citizens who have been convicted of a felony to be deported to their country of origin and this law became even more enforced after 9/11.
So after Rick did a show on a Caribbean cruise ship in June 2002, he was arrested by the INS (now DHS) when he reentered the
Now the DHS has revived Rick’s case and hopes to reverse the decision from 2003 within
"With all of the real and present threats to American society from terrorism, why is the government chasing this rapper?” Dr. Ben Chavis, co-chairman of HSAN said. “It’s an obscene misuse of scarce resources. The government is conducting a vendetta against Rick and we’re not going to stand for it.”
Chavis and the HSAN will hold a press conference on the sidewalk in front of