According to 21 Savage’s attorneys, the rapper was released on bond. He was detained by immigration for nine days. While Savage was scheduled to perform at the Grammy’s, he was unable to because he was in ICE custody at the time.
Savage’s legal team issued a long Facebook post saying, “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 [21 Savage’s birth name] was granted an expedited hearing.”
The Facebook post closed with, “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.”
Savage was detained by ICE on claims that he overstayed his visa. According to ICE, Savage came to the US as a minor with his family from Britain. His visa covered his entry to the United States in 2005 and expired in July of 2006.
ICE’s claim that Savage’s family overstayed their visas was confirmed by Savage’s lawyers who argue that he was “left without legal status through no fault of his own.”
His attorney said in a statement, “This is a civil law violation, and the continued detention of [21 Savage] serves no other purpose than to unnecessarily punish him and try to intimidate him into giving up his right to fight to remain in the United States.”
Savage’s attorney’s argue he is clearly not a flight risk “as he is widely recognizable, and a prominent member of the music industry. Likewise [21 Savage] is clearly not a danger to the community, and in fact, his contributions to local communities and schools that he grew up in are examples of the type of immigrant we want in America.”
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