Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage (She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph) has been released on bond from US immigration detention. This is coming nine days after his arrest sparked outrage across the music industry.
“Today, 21 Savage was granted a release on bond. He won his freedom,”Charles Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro, representing 21 Savage, said in a statement.
21 Savage was arrested February 3 in the southern city of Atlanta by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents who said the Briton was living in the United States illegally since overstaying his visa in 2006.
His legal team argued that the 26-year-old rapper whose album, I Am > I Was arrived in the US when he was seven and although he has lost his legal status, it is “through no fault of his own.”
According to them, he also has a pending application for a U visa– for victims of crimes who have faced mental or physical abuse in the US — that was filed “as a result of being the victim of a deadly shooting in 2013” — and that his three US citizen children make him eligible for deportation relief.
On Tuesday, his lawyers addressed his fans stating that while he was not at Sunday’s Grammys Awards where he was nominated twice for his collaboration with Post Malone, Rockstar,
“he was there in spirit and is grateful for the support from around the world.”
More than 460,000 people signed a petition demanding his release — with Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z and Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among those backing the campaign for his freedom.