Rapper 21 Savage is a free man pending a deportation hearing scheduled at a later date.
According to Savage’s lawyers who announced the news on their official Facebook page, the release was granted through an expedited 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,” the statement read.
“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 rapper whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested on Super Bowl Sunday by what his attorneys believe was a targeted attempt by ICE, the federal agency tasked with enforcing the immigration laws of the United States. Savage was in the process of obtaining a U-Visa, which he filed for in 2017. Born in the United Kingdom, Savage migrated to Atlanta in 2005 with his mother who had recently separated from his father. According to the immigration laws, he visa expired one year later in 2006.
Savage has received an outpouring of support since his arrest was announced, detailing a perilous situation that many young men and women face as migrants from other countries. His supporters included rappers the Migos, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and a petition circulated by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors. Late last week Jay-Z announced he would aid Savage by hiring legal support.
On Tuesday a crowd gathered in front of the Atlanta Immigrant Court organized by advocacy groups Black Lives Matter, Color of Changed the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, in an attempt to gather signatures to support his release, NPR reports. According to the outlet, officials refused to take the stacks of signatures which were left outside the building’s gates.
“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,” said Savage’s lawyer’s Charles H. Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro in a joint statement to TMZ.
“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 statement continues.