Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Rapper 21 Savage has won back his freedom - for the time being.

The Grammy-nominated rapper, who was born Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was released from custody on Tuesday after being detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Atlanta.


The 26-year-old recording artist had been scheduled to perform at Sunday night's Grammy show prior to his arrest.

Officials claim that the British-born rapper has been living in the US illegally since overstaying his visa back in 2006.

The decision to release the rapper came during a closed-door hearing.
'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,;' said the rappr's lawyer in a statement on Tuesday.

'And he asks for your hearts and minds to be with them.'

The rapper was born in England and moved to the United States with his family at the age of seven.

He has been in the US illegally for some time now, but in 2017 applied for U-Visa according to his lawyer.

That application was still being processed when he was taken into custody.
'ICE has not charged Mr. Abraham-Joseph with any crime,' his lawyer said in a statement lats week.

'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.'

His legal team had previously raised the possibility that the musician was the victim of a vendetta by immigration officials angered by his criticism of President Trump's family separation policy at the US-Mexico border.

'There continues to be no legal reason to detain Mr Abraham-Joseph for a civil law violation that occurred when he was a minor, especially when people in his exact situation are routinely released by ICE,' they said.

'Many have speculated as to possible ulterior motives for his arrest and detention, including that he released music five days prior to his arrest by ICE which included new lyrics condemning the behavior of immigration officials for their detention of children at the border.' 

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