21 Savage is back with his family!
The 26-year-old rapper was all smiles while boarding a small plane with his mother after being released from ICE custody on Tuesday (February 12). The Blast obtained the first photo of 21, which was taken moments after he was released on bond during his immigration court hearing.(See the photo HERE)
As previously reported, the "A Lot" rapper was released on bond, pending a deportation hearing, from ICE Custody after being held in what many have called "one of the worst immigration detention centers in the U.S" for nearly ten days.
Following his release, 21's lawyers, Charles H. Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro released a statement, per Pitchfork, detailing the nine-day battle for his freedom. "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," the statement began. "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."
The father-of-three, whose legal name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested by ICE on Super Bowl Sunday (February 3) for allegedly staying in the U.S. illegally. Despite being in the process of attempting to get a U-Visa, ICE claimed that the U.K. born rapper "is unlawfully present in the U.S." However, 21's legal team has maintained that he is a "dreamer," whose "legal status expired at no fault of his own." Given that 21 was neither a flight risk, nor a danger to the community, it remains unclear why he was detained for nearly ten days.
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