Rapper 21 Savage has been released on bond from custody, after being detained by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier this month.
Attorneys for 21 Savage – real name She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, shared a post on Facebook today (February 12), announcing the news.
In a statement, lawyers Charles Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro, said:
For the past nine long days, we, on behalf of She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, known to the world as 21 Savage, have been speaking with ICE to both clarify his actual legal standing, his eligibility for bond, and provide evidence of his extraordinary contributions to his community and society.
In the last 24 hours, in the wake of the Grammy Awards at which he was scheduled to attend and perform, we received notice that She’yaa was granted an expedited hearing.
The statement continued:
Today, 21 Savage was granted a release on bond. He won his freedom.
21 Savage asked us to send a special message to his fans and supporters — he says that while he wasn’t present at the Grammy Awards, he was there in spirit and is grateful for the support from around the world and is more than ever, ready to be with his loved ones and continue making music that brings people together.
He will not forget this ordeal or any of the other fathers, sons, family members, and faceless people, he was locked up with or that remain unjustly incarcerated across the country. And he asks for your hearts and minds to be with them.
The 26-year-old was taken into custody in Atlanta on February 3, with law enforcement claiming he was in the country illegally.
Authorities say the rapper legally entered the US in 2005, but added his visa expired in July 2006.
His lawyers stated this is true, but noted 21 Savage was left without legal status ‘through no fault of his own’.
A statement from Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC explained:
Mr. Abraham-Joseph, like almost two million of his immigrant child peers, was left without immigration status as a young child with no way to fix his immigration status.
Mr. Abraham-Joseph has three U.S. Citizen children, a lawful permanent resident mother and four siblings that are either US Citizens or lawful permanent residents.
He has exceptionally strong ties in the United States, having lived here since he was in the first grade. Because of his length of residence in the United States and his immediate relatives, Mr. Abraham-Joseph is eligible to seek Cancellation of Removal from an Immigration Judge.
21 Savage has received public support from Post Malone, Cardi B, and Jay-Z.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.