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.
Charles Kuck Dina Laporte and Alex Spiro.
ICE agents had alleged that 21 -- who was born in the UK -- was "unlawfully present in the US" after entering the country illegally in 2005 and remaining here after his nonimmigrant visa expired a year later. His representatives argued that he immigrated to the US legally at age 7 under an H-4 visa, visited the UK in June of 2005, returned to the US in July of 2005, and "lost his legal status through no fault of his own."
Jay Z, who hired Alex Spiro as 21's attorney, had also released a statement saying "The arrest and detention of 21 Savage is an absolute travesty, his U visa petition has been pending for 4 years. In addition to being a successful recording artist, 21 deserves to be reunited with his children immediately, #Free21Savage."