London-born and Atlanta-raised rapper 21 Savage will be released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody on Wednesday morning after spending more than a week in ICE detention, his immigration attorney Charles Kuck said.
21 Savage, whose legal name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, will be released on bond, his attorney said.
The Grammy-nominated rapper was arrested February 3 by ICE, which said he was born in the United Kingdom and was in the United States illegally.
21 Savage’s birth certificate says he was born in East London to British parents. He was brought to the United States at age 7 and in 2005 left before returning a month later, according to Kuck.
In 2006, 21 Savage’s parents failed to renew his visa. He’s been living in the United States illegally ever since, according to immigration officials.
Attorneys Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro issued a statement on behalf of 21 Savage that thanked his supporters.
“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,” the statement said.
“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.”
21 Savage was nominated for two Grammy awards for featuring on Post Malone’s hit song “Rockstar.” He had been scheduled to perform at the show before his arrest, publicist Tammy Brook said.
An ICE spokesman referred questions on the topic to the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Justice Department office that oversees US immigration cases. An Executive Office for Immigration Review spokesman referred questions to ICE.