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After spending more than a week in ICE detention, rapper 21 Savage will be released on Wednesday on bond.
Savage was arrested on Feb. 3rd, after which we learned he was in fact born in London and came to the U.S. when he was 7 years old in 2005. In 2006, his visa expired and he’s been living in the U.S. illegally ever since. In 2017, Savage applied for a U-Visa, which may be what triggered this detainment. ICE says Savage’s previous felony is what could lead to his deportation. Even thought the criminal act has been expunged from his record.
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.”
Written by Clarke Jones