Savage granted release on bond from ICE custody, lawyers say

Brenda Watkins
February 13, 2019

Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage was granted release on bond from U.S. immigration detention Tuesday, his lawyers said - nine days after his arrest sparked outrage among fellow music stars, fans and immigrant rights advocates alike.

Last week, USA rapper Jay-Z said 21 Savage's arrest was "an absolute travesty" and hired Mr Spiro to help with his fight against deportation.

TMZ reports that his lawyers, Charles H. Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro have released a statement on 21 Savage's behalf, thanking all of his fans who have advocated for his release since his incarceration on Super Bowl Sunday.

The organizations, which include Color of Change, Black Lives Matter Global Network, and AUC Shut It Down say that the rapper is still "unjustly detained by the Trump Administration's Immigrations and Customs Enforcement as they continue to target Black immigrants".

Abraham-Joseph, was arrested in a "targeted operation" in Atlanta on February 3 after ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said he was an "unlawfully present United Kingdom national" and also a convicted felon.

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"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 Shéyaa was granted an expedited hearing".

21's reps said he actually came to the USA when he was 7 years old and stayed until June 2005 when he visited the United Kingdom for a month. "That said, ICE remains committed to performing its immigration enforcement mission consistent with federal law and agency policy".

They have previously said the 26-year-old rapper was brought to the USA when he was seven years old and his legal status expired in 2006 through no fault of his own.

Mr Kuck said earlier that 21 Savage was "not a flight risk" and was a "prominent member of the music industry" who would be recognised if he tried to flee. "And he asks for your hearts and minds to be with them".

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