- Rapper Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, who is better known as 21 Savage, was released from custody on Tuesday
- He was detained nine days ago by by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Atlanta
- Officials claim that the British-born rapper has been living in the US illegally since overstaying his visa back in 2006 after arriving at age seven
- The 26-year-old recording artist had been scheduled to perform at Sunday night’s Grammy show prior to his arrest
Rapper 21 Savage has won back his freedom – for the time being.
The Grammy-nominated rapper, who was born Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was released from custody on Tuesday after being detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Atlanta.
The 26-year-old recording artist had been scheduled to perform at Sunday night’s Grammy show prior to his arrest.
Officials claim that the British-born rapper has been living in the US illegally since overstaying his visa back in 2006.
The decision to release the rapper came during a closed-door hearing.
Free: Rapper Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, who is better known as 21 Savage (above in January), was released from custody on Tuesday
‘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,;’ said the rappr’s lawyer in a statement on Tuesday.
‘And he asks for your hearts and minds to be with them.’
The rapper was born in England and moved to the United States with his family at the age of seven.
He has been in the US illegally for some time now, but in 2017 applied for U-Visa according to his lawyer.
That application was still being processed when he was taken into custody.
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‘ICE has not charged Mr. Abraham-Joseph with any crime,’ his lawyer said in a statement lats week.
‘As a minor, his family overstayed their work visas, and he, like almost two million other children, was left without legal status through no fault of his own.’
His legal team had previously raised the possibility that the musician was the victim of a vendetta by immigration officials angered by his criticism of President Trump’s family separation policy at the US-Mexico border.
‘There continues to be no legal reason to detain Mr Abraham-Joseph for a civil law violation that occurred when he was a minor, especially when people in his exact situation are routinely released by ICE,’ they said.
‘Many have speculated as to possible ulterior motives for his arrest and detention, including that he released music five days prior to his arrest by ICE which included new lyrics condemning the behavior of immigration officials for their detention of children at the border.’
His lawyers also argued that 21 Savage is no flight risk and that, because of family ties in the US and his length of residence, he is entitled to appeal deportation and should be released on bail from ICE custody in Georgia.
They denied a claim by ICE that the artist was convicted of felony drug charges in October 2014.
The musician’s arrest sent shockwaves through social media, with a number of top artists backing the young rapper.
Late Monday, rap superstar Cardi B took to Instagram to speak up for 21 Savage’s Atlanta credentials.
’21 did not come here illegally and was not caught doing anything illegal or doing any mischief!’ said the Grammy-winning rapper.
‘In fact he have change his whole life around and as ya can see he’s been very positive in his actions and music.’
21 SAVAGE LAWYERS ON RAPPER’S RELEASE FORM PRISON
‘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.’