After over a week since his arrest, 21 Savage has been granted bond and set to be released from ICE detention. He is expected to be freed after a deportation hearing, which is scheduled for Wednesday. The 26-year-old had been arrested last week by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) because he was living in the US with an expired visa. It was confirmed two days later that he had been born in the UK.
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His lawyers Charles H. Kuck, Dina Lapolt, and Spiro released a statement to accompany the news.
“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 rapper is awaiting his U Visa, a special non-immigrant visa for victims of crimes. He was shot six times at the age of 21. It could take a decade to be approved as there is a backlog of hundreds of thousands that must be processed.
21 Savage has lived in Atlanta since 2005, having arrived in the US at the age of seven.