Rapper 21 Savage was released from detention on Tuesday after his arrest more than a week ago for being an undocumented immigrant, his lawyers announced.
“21 Savage was granted a release on bond,” Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC posted to its social media channels. “He won his freedom.”
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials arrested the entertainer in Atlanta on Feb. 3.
ICE said that 21 Savage, whose real name is Shayaabin Abraham-Joseph, is a United Kingdom citizen who entered the U.S. legally in July 2005 as a minor. However, he failed to leave the U.S. under the terms of his nonimmigrant visa. Consequently, ICE said his presence in the U.S. has been unlawful since his visa expired in July 2006.
Many questioned the timing of the arrest. The Grammy-nominated rapper raised the issue of immigration during his performance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” days before ICE arrested him.
The 26-year-old performed his latest single, “A Lot,” on the late night talk show on Jan. 28. He added new lyrics at the end of the song to mention the Flint water crisis and criticize Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from parents at the border with Mexico.
Read his attorney’s full statement below:
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.
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.
Charles Kuck Dina Laporte and Alex Spiro.