Rapper 21 Savage was arrested ahead of the Super Bowl in Atlanta. He is being detained by ICE for being in the United States illegally, according to the shocking report.
UPDATE 2/12: 21 Savage has been released on bond, according to a statement from his lawyers Charles H. Kuck, Dina LaPolt, and Alex Spiro: “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.”
UPDATE 2/4: 21 Savage’s lawyer, Charles H. Kuck provided us with the following statement: “ICE detained She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, the well-known Atlanta based recording artist and songwriter also known as ’21 Savage’. Based upon incorrect information about prior criminal charges and now refusing to release him on bond of any amount, despite the fact that he has a pending U-Visa application (as the victim of crime) with USCIS, and that he has relief from removal available to him. Mr. Abraham-Joseph has never hid his immigration status from the US government. The Department of Homeland Security has known his address and his history since his filing for the U Visa in 2017, yet they took no action against him until this past weekend. ICE can only continue to detain individuals who are a threat the community or a flight risk to not show up at their hearings. Obviously, our client is not a flight risk, as he is widely recognizable, and a prominent member of the music industry. Likewise, Mr. Abraham-Joseph 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.
ICE has not charged Mr. Abraham-Joseph with any crime. As a minor, his family overstayed their work visas, and he, like almost two million other children, was left without legal status through no fault of his own. This is a civil law violation, and the continued detention of Mr. Abraham-Joseph 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. He rose above the difficult circumstances of his youth to achieve success and make contributions to our society that rival any of those by a natural born citizen. Mr. Abraham-Joseph has US citizen children that he supports and is eligible for relief from deportation. We and he will fight for his release, for his family, and his right to remain in our country. No one would expect less from him.”
ORIGINAL: The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested rapper 21 Savage in Atlanta over Super Bowl weekend, TMZ confirmed on Feb. 3. The rapper, who is originally from a United Kingdom country or territory, is being held in custody, as he’s been in the United States illegally since 2006, when his visa expired (he first entered the country at the age of 12 in 2005), according to the report. He was also convicted of felony drug charges in 2014. Officials are keeping 21 Savage detained as they figure out removal proceedings.
Atlanta reporter, Mike Winne, received further clarification from ICE regarding the arrest. “Mr. Abraham-Joseph was taken into ICE custody as he is unlawfully present in the U.S. and also a convicted felon,” a spokesperson told Mike. “Mr. Abraham-Joseph initially entered the U.S. legally in 2005, but subsequently failed to depart under the terms of his nonimmigrant visa. Mr. Abraham-Joseph is presently in ICE custody in Georgia and has been placed into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts. ICE will now await the outcome of his case before a federal immigration judge to determine further actions.
Meanwhile, 21 Savage’s lawyer released the following statement to TMZ: “We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding. Mr. Abraham-Joseph is a role model to the young people in this country — especially in Atlanta, Georgia and is actively working in the community, leading programs to help underprivileged youth in financial literacy.”