Talented Hip hop star She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph well known as 21 Savage has been released from ICE detention nine days after he was taken into custody by the enforcement body in the US.
21 Savage was arrested on Feb. 3 for allegedly remaining in the United States following the expiration of his visa.
“Today, 21 Savage was granted a release on bond,” his attorneys said in a statement Tuesday. “He won his freedom.”
The statement from lawyers Charles Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro continues, “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 artist is accused by Immigration and Customs Enforcement of being an “unlawfully present United Kingdom national” who entered the United States in July 2005 on a one-year visa and remained after it ran out.
Following his release on bail, the rapper, 26, is still facing a deportation hearing, TMZ reported.
His attorneys said Tuesday that 21 Savage, who is based in Atlanta, was granted an expedited hearing.
The rapper was nominated for a pair of Grammy awards at Sunday night’s ceremony for “Rockstar,” his collaboration with Post Malone. His lawyers said Tuesday that 21 Savage had been scheduled to perform at the award show in Los Angeles.
“(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,” their statement reads.
A day after 21 Savage’s arrest, his legal team asserted the rapper “never hid his immigration status” and slammed his detainment as a “civil law violation.”
“ICE has not charged Mr. Abraham-Joseph with any crime,” Kuck said in a Feb. 4 statement. “As a minor, his family overstayed their work visas, and he, like almost two million other children, was left without legal status through no fault of his own.”
The attorneys said days after his arrest that 21 Savage was born in the United Kingdom but legally came to the United States when he was 7. He left for a month in 2005, they said, then returned with a visa, which expired in 2006.
Many rallied around the rapper’s cause in the days following his arrest, with fellow hip hop star JAY-Z’s company Roc Nation enlisting Spiro to aid the legal fight.
“The arrest and detention of 21 Savage is an absolute travesty,” JAY-Z said in a post on his Facebook page last week.
His attorney contends that the rapper has a pending application for U-Visa, which he applied for in 2017.