View Full Version : Slick Rick Facing Deportation Again

10-18-2006, 06:22 PM

Rapper Slick Rick is facing deportation from the United States again, after a three-year-old ruling that allowed the rapper to stay in the country was overturned last month.

On Sept. 21, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) overturned a 2003 waiver issued by New York Judge Kimba Wood, which allowed the English rapper to remain in the United States, despite his having been convicted of attempted murder in 1991.

Walters, 41, served 5 years & 12 days for shooting his cousin and a bystander in a disagreement in 1990. Under U.S. law, any foreign national that serves more than 5 years in prison for committing a felony faces automatic deportation.

In 1995 the rapper won a ruling by an immigration judge that allowed him to stay in the United States. In June 2002 Walters was re-arrested, after performing on a Caribbean cruise ship.

When the luxury boat returned to Miami, the Immigration and Naturalization Service cited a 1997 arrest warrant on immigration violations and charged Walters with voluntarily deporting himself and illegally reentering the country.

Walters served 17 months in the Immigration and Naturalization Service Detention Facility in Bradenton, FL before being released in Oct. 2003.

The rapper's case has been assigned to Florida's 11th Circuit Court and he has been stripped of his status as a permanent resident and once again, faces deportation.

Walters has enlisted the help of Russell Simmons' Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and the organization will hold a press conference in front of the Federal Court Building in New York on Oct. 24 at 11 am.

"With all of the real and present threats to American society from terrorism, why is the government chasing this rapper?" asked HSAN Co-Chairman Dr. Benjamin Chavis. "It's an obscene misuse of scarce resources."

Since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the United States has hardened its policy toward illegal aliens residing in the country.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service is now part of the new Department of Homeland Security.

According to Jean Butterfield, executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the US is deporting almost 200,000 aliens per year.

"They're breadwinners whose families are US citizens -- and in most cases there's nothing a judge can do to help them," Butterfield said. "The mentality now is enforcement only. Discretion has been taken away from the judges and put in the hands of the executive branch. It's a damaging policy, which has not made the country safer. On the contrary, it inflicts untold hardships on our economy, our families, and our social fabric."

According to Chavis and Slick Rick's supporters, the rapper is a model citizen who completed his parole, has not been convicted of any crimes since his original conviction and is a hardworking family oriented man.

"The government is conducting a vendetta against Rick and we're not going to stand for it," Chavis said.


10-18-2006, 06:48 PM
Damn, didn't hear of him for a long time, last time I saw him he was at some 50cent party

10-18-2006, 07:09 PM
DAmn, give that man some air.

10-18-2006, 07:16 PM
Damn, didn't hear of him for a long time, last time I saw him he was at some 50cent party
Nah last time I heard this dude was @ the BET awards. Vh1 should mos def honor this dude in their next hip hop honors.

10-18-2006, 08:30 PM
Slick Rick is a legend!

didnt know he done time!! and for shooting his Cuz, is he nuts!?!?

and WTF - aliens!??!?! haha

10-18-2006, 10:05 PM
The Ruler..hopefully he can stay and put out "the adventure continues"

10-18-2006, 10:09 PM
Thanks for the post