ATLANTA – She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, also known as 21 Savage, was released on bond Tuesday, according to his lawyers, Charles H. Kuck, Diana LaPolt and Alex Sprio.
According to a Facebook post by his lawyers, 21 Savage was released pending a deportation hearing:
“For the past 9 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. Today, 21 Savage was granted a release on bond. He won his freedom.”
The Atlanta-based rapper has been held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since Feb. 3. ICE officials said Savage is a United Kingdom national and has been living in the country illegally since 2016.
The 26-year-old has claimed to be from Atlanta and has long been considered a local act.
Channel 2’s Kristen Holloway was in front of immigration court Tuesday when supporters rallied for his release.
We’re working to learn what’s next for 21 Savage and what this latest development means for his case. We’ll have LIVE updates on Channel 2 Action News starting at 4 p.m.
The law firm representing 21 Savage, Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC, thanked the rapper’s fans on his behalf on their Facebook page:
“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.”
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested unlawfully present United Kingdom national Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph AKA ’21 Savage’ during a targeted operation with federal and local law enforcement partners early Sunday in metro Atlanta. Mr. Abraham-Joseph was taken into ICE custody as he is unlawfully present in the U.S. and also a convicted felon. Mr. Abraham-Joseph initially entered the U.S. legally in July 2005, but subsequently failed to depart under the terms of his nonimmigrant visa and he became unlawfully present in the U.S. when his visa expired in July 2006. In addition to being in violation of federal immigration law, Mr. Abraham-Joseph was convicted on felony drug charges in October 2014 in Fulton County, Georgia.”
His lawyers said the rapper has never hid his immigration status from the U.S. government and filed for a U Visa in 2017.
They have previously said the 26-year-old rapper was brought to the U.S. when he was 7 and his legal status expired in 2006 through no fault of his own.
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