21 Savage granted release on bond from ICE custody, lawyers say

By Kate Smith

/ CBS News

21 Savage, the British-born rapper who was arrested by immigration officials on Super Bowl Sunday, was granted a release on bond Tuesday afternoon after nine days in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, according to a statement from his attorney's office.

The rapper, known legally as She-yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, entered the United States illegally in 2005 and stayed in the country after his nonimmigrant visa expired a year later, according to ICE officials. He was convicted of federal drug charges in 2014, which ICE cited as part of his arrest.

On Tuesday afternoon, 21 Savage's legal team said in a statement that the rapper had been granted released from custody on bail and was being placed into expedited deportation proceedings. Unauthorized immigrants are only eligible for release on bond if they're determined not to be a flight risk or not a danger to their community.

21 Savage attends the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund on Nov. 5, 2018, in New York City. Roy Rochlin / Getty

"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," his attorneys, Charles Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro, wrote in a Facebook post published Tuesday. "And he asks for your hearts and minds to be with them."

Kuck Baxter Immigration, the law office representing 21 Savage, confirmed the Facebook post and referred questions to FYI Brand Group, who did not immediately return an email requesting comment.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that 21 Savage has been granted bond, but has not yet been released. The Associated Press reported that his lawyers anticipate he will be released on Wednesday.

First published on February 12, 2019

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