21 Savage is a free man, more than a week after he was arrested by ICE officials.
The rapper’s legal team — Charles H. Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro — tell The Blast, “Today, 21 Savage was granted a release on bond. He won his freedom.”
The lawyers continued, “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.
They concluded, “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.”
As The Blast previously reported, Savage’s legal team has been trying to clear up his immigration status for months.
21 Savage was born in the U.K. and says he came to the United States at the age of 7. He claims he left for a month in 2005 and came back but had a valid visa.
Reps for Savage are adamant he lost his legal status “through no fault of his own,” and say he applied for a visa in 2017, once he realized his illegal classification.
Savage’s entire family — including his sisters, mother and children — are legally in the United States and some are citizens. His reps stress that he’s not a flight risk because his loved ones are in the country. They are pleading for the rapper to be released from custody so that he may put together a defense and provide for his family.
Savage’s legal team claims, “like almost two million of his immigrant child peers, was left without immigration status as a young child with no way to fix his immigration status. These ‘Dreamers’ come from all walks of life and every ethnicity.”