Grammy-nominated rapper, 21 Savage is out of federal immigration custody and is heading back to Atlanta on a private plane after being released from detention.
The 26-year-old rapper, whose given name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested during a targeted immigration operation on 3rd of February, 2019. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said at the time that the British citizen had overstayed his visa and had a felony conviction.
The rapper was spotted with his mum boarding the jet at a landing strip near the immigration detention center in Southern Georgia where he had been held.
According to TMZ, one of the rappers lawyers said: “That’s how we take people home when they win”.
In an emailed statement, lawyers Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro said they’ve been speaking with ICE since his arrest to “clarify his actual legal standing, his eligibility for bond, and provide evidence of his extraordinary contributions to his community and society,” TMZ reported.
“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“, the lawyers said.
After his arrest, ICE said Abraham-Joseph entered the U.S. legally in July 2005, when he was 12, but has remained in the country illegally since his visa expired in July 2006. He was convicted on felony drug charges in October 2014 in Fulton County, Georgia, ICE said. He was placed in deportation proceedings in federal immigration court.
TMZ reports that Abraham-Joseph’s lawyers disputed that. They said last week that Abraham-Joseph came to the U.S. when he was 7 and remained in the country until June 2005, when he went to visit the United Kingdom for a month. He returned on a valid visa on July 22, 2005.
“Mr. Abraham-Joseph has been continuously physically present in the United States for almost 20 years, except for a brief visit abroad,” his lawyers said. “Unfortunately, in 2006 Mr. Abraham-Joseph lost his legal status through no fault of his own.”
The attorneys also said ICE was incorrect that Abraham-Joseph has a felony conviction on his record. Fulton County prosecutors said they could not provide information on that case because it is sealed.
21 Savage Has Been Granted Bail
Following his arrest and subsequent detention in the ICE facility, 21 Savage was granted bail and released on bond pending a deportation hearing.
According to Pitchfork, 21 Savage’s lawyers issued a statement saying:
“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.
“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”.
According to TMZ, the rapper plans to meet with friends and family in Atlanta when he gets home.