After protests, 21 Savage Granted Immigration Bond, Released by ICE
The British-born rapper was granted an immiugration bond shortly after the rally.
About 50 protesters demanding rapper 21 Savage‘s immediate release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainment huddled under a covered brick building across the street from the Atlanta Immigration Court on Tuesday (Feb. 12) afternoon, watching as a government employee dumped rain-soaked petitions into a black trash bag. The names and zip codes of the more than 450,000 people who signed the Black Lives Matter petition supporting 21 Savage would never make it inside the building. Organizers said they’d been told previously they could take the petitions inside, but on Thursday were turned away at the gate. Before the crowd dispersed, the boxes of petitions had been completely cleared from in front of the building. This display, said protesters, was another clear example of ICE’s disregard for the humanity of black and brown people.
Unbeknownst to the crowd, as the 20 boxes were removed from the court’s front entrance, 21 Savage’s team was preparing to announce the rapper had “won his freedom.” Hours later, 21 Savage — born She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph — was granted bond following nine days of outrage from fans, music executives and fellow artists over his detainment. The British-born artist is expected to be released Wednesday and still faces an upcoming deportation hearing.
After nine days behind bars, 21 Savagehas been granted bond and will be released on Wednesday. Savage’s legal team posted a statement via Facebook on Tuesday (Feb. 12) saying that the rapper, born She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, has been granted a release on bond by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The 26-year-old’s fate will now ultimately be decided by a deportation hearing process, which will happen at a later date. “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,” attorneys Charles Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro wrote in a joint statement.
“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.”
Savage’s legal reps also released a statement to fans on his behalf. “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,” 21 sincerely says.
“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.”
JAY-Z got involved in the matter last week (Feb. 6) and had Roc Nation add potent lawyer Alex Spiro to 21’s legal team. “We are pleased that 21 Savage was released on bond and will be reunited with his children after his incarceratio,” the Roc says in a statement. “We will continue to stand with 21 Savage and all the families that continue to be unfairly victimized by our country’s broken immigration policies.”
Billboard has reached out to 21 Savage’s reps for comment.