- Attorneys for rapper 21 Savage announced Tuesday that he was released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
- The rapper, whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested on Super Bowl Sunday for violating immigration law.
- Abraham-Joseph’s arrest ignited outcry from immigrant advocacy groups and fans when he was notably absent from the Grammy Awards, despite being nominated for two awards.
Rapper 21 Savage was released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Tuesday, nine days after he was arrested for violating immigration law, according to his attorney.
Kuck Baxter Immigration said in a statement posted Tuesday afternoon to Facebook that the rapper, whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, had been granted release on bond and “won his freedom.”
Abraham-Joseph was arrested Super Bowl Sunday for allegedly violating immigration law. ICE said the rapper entered the US legally in July 2005, when he was 13, but overstayed his visa in 2006.
The rapper was notably absent at the Grammy Awards two days before his release, even though he was nominated for two awards.
“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 statement read.
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“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,” the statement read. “And he asks for your hearts and minds to be with them.”
The news stunned Abraham-Joseph’s fans who assumed he had been born in the US. The rapper has long spoken of his upbringing in Atlanta, even rapping that he was “straight up out the 6” in his song “Bank Account,” referring to Atlanta’s Zone 6.
In a statement released shortly after his arrest, Abraham-Joseph’s attornies said he was born in London, entered the US legally when he was 7, left, and re-entered legally once again, before his immigration status lapsed.
Officers arrested Abraham-Joseph after discovering his unlawful status because he was in a car with another rapper who was the target of a criminal arrest.
It still remains unclear why his detention was so long. Attorney Charles Kuck previously said that because the rapper has no criminal charges, he is not subject to mandatory detention under federal law and was eligible for bond.
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