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21 Savage released from ICE confinement after nine days

FREE: 21 Savage

RAPPER 21 Savage has been released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) nine days after he was arrested for reportedly overstaying his visa.

His release was confirmed by lawyers representing the hitmaker, who have shared that he will now face a lengthy deportation hearing, after which it will be decided whether or not he can remain and work in the U.S.

"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," his attorneys Charles Kuck, Dina Laporte, and Alex Spiro wrote in a joint statement on Tuesday (Feb 12).

"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."

The rapper received support from JAY-Z, who led a campaign to win his freedom, hiring top immigration lawyer Spiro to help 21 Savage stay in America.

In a statement on his Facebook page, the Change Clothes hitmaker wrote: “The arrest and detention of 21 Savage is an absolute travesty, his U Visa petition has been pending for four years. In addition to being a successful recording artist, 21 deserves to be reunited with his children immediately, #Free21Savage.”

In a previous statement, 21 Savage's lawyer, Kuck, confirmed the rapper was born in the U.K. but arrived in the U.S. legally when he was seven years old. He also explained that his legal status expired in 2006 and he filed an application for a U Visa in 2017.

The rap star has three U.S. citizen children and a mother and four siblings, who are in the country lawfully.

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