After spending 9 days in ICE custody, rapper 21 Savage has been released on bond pending a deportation hearing.
BREAKING: 21 Savage has been released from immigration detention center https://t.co/ooyom2pO6L
21, whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested on Super Bowl Sunday by ICE on claims that he was here in the US illegally.
“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,” reads a Facebook post written by the rapper’s legal team, Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC.
Still, it’s unclear why ICE held 21 Savage for over a week because, by all rights, he should have been allowed to bond out the day he was arrested. He was neither a flight risk nor a danger to his community, which is the standard for holding someone in jail pending a deportation hearing.
The rapper’s detainment has led to the hashtag #Free21Savage taking off, protests, and support from public figures such as Jay-Z, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Cardi B.