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ATLANTA, GA – 21 Savage is a free man again. The Epic Records artist, whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was released on bond pending a deportation hearing on Tuesday (February 12) after being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for nine days.
Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC, the legal team working for 21, announced their client’s release via Facebook. The immigration lawyers revealed 21 was granted an expedited hearing and shared a “special message” for fans.
“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 message reads.
It continues, “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.”
ICE claimed 21 entered the U.S. legally in 2005 but has been illegally living in the country since 2006.
21’s reps said he actually came to the U.S. when he was 7 years old and stayed until June 2005 when he visited the United Kingdom for a month. He legally returned in July 2005 but lost his legal immigration status as a teen in 2006.