21 Savage is out of custody more than a week after getting arrested by immigration officials. The rapper, 26, has been released on bond pending a deportation hearing, multiple sources have confirmed.
Attorneys for the musical artist told TMZ, "21 Savage asked us to send a special message to his fans and supporters".
The statement continued,
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 attorneys added,
21 Savage 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.
He has reportedly asked "for your hearts and minds to be with them".
The “X” rapper, one of the ex-boyfriends of Amber Rose, was taken into the custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in Atlanta on February 3.
According to a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, ICE labeled him "unlawfully present United Kingdom national Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph".
The ICE statement continued,
Mr. Abraham-Joseph initially entered the U.S. legally in July 2005, but subsequently failed to depart under the terms of his nonimmigrant visa and he became unlawfully present in the U.S. when his visa expired in July 2006. In addition to being in violation of federal immigration law, Mr. Abraham-Joseph was convicted on felony drug charges in October 2014 in Fulton County, Georgia.
ICE also showed that 21 Savage had been placed in "removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts". A federal judge reportedly would "determine future actions".
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