M.I.A., the British rapper, has taken to social media to criticize the United States’ immigration policies as she continues to face obstacles in her efforts to see her 14-year-old son with ex-fiancé Benjamin Bronfman.
In a series of tweets, M.I.A. expressed frustration, claiming that President Biden’s administration is preventing her from reuniting with her child due to her past behavior.
“Biden won’t let me see my child,” she tweeted in all-caps alongside a screenshot showing that she’s ineligible for a U.S. visa because of “her past behaviour.” “The longest processing is ment [sic] to be 2 months and it’s already been that. … I have to wait till a Republican wins. Wow.” M.I.A. and Bronfman welcomed the
She shared a screenshot indicating her ineligibility for a U.S. visa and lamented that she may have to wait for a change in political leadership to resolve the issue.
The artist, whose real name is Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, and Bronfman welcomed their son in 2009 but have faced custody challenges since their separation in 2012. M.I.A. accused Bronfman of attempting to take her son away from her and has been vocal about her struggles to maintain custody.
“They basically saying I have to wait for a Republican to come to office because nine months from now is the election,” she continued. “I’m not allowed to see my child for stealing food at 18, when I was poor, yet ur government is ok with my child being with family convicted for child trafficking and sex cults ok. The difference between me and migrants coming in, is that I can’t vote. I’m paying U.S. taxes too. Sick.”
M.I.A. also suggested that her advocacy for causes like Palestine and her criticism of Israel’s actions may have contributed to her visa denial. She asserted that she is being forced to choose between her child and speaking out against injustices.
The rapper didn’t hold back in her tweets, alleging mistreatment by various individuals and entities, including Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, whom she claimed abandoned her during her custody battle. She also made allegations about political figures and their connections to the Bronfman family.
Despite her ongoing legal and personal challenges, M.I.A. remains resolute in her determination to fight for her son. She hinted at the sacrifices she’s made for motherhood, even at the expense of her career.
While M.I.A.’s last studio album, “Mata,” failed to make a significant impact on the charts