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21 Savage granted bond by ICE but still faces deportation

21 Savage (Photo by Norman Johnson)

Ten days after being arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, 21 Savage was granted a bond.

21 Savage’s attorneys, Charles H. Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro, told Associated Press that the rapper was granted a bond for release on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, after spending more than a week in federal immigration custody.

However, 21 Savage — born She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph — will have to remain in custody for one more day. He was reportedly granted a bond too late on Tuesday to be released right away.

On Feb. 3, 21 Savage was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Atlanta while in a car with his cousin and fellow rapper Young Nudy. The law enforcement agency said that 21 Savage is actually from the United Kingdom and remained in the U.S. illegally after his visa expired.

Several celebrities, including Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Kendrick Lamar and others, spoke out on 21 Savage’s behalf and urged U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to release the rapper.

The bond was granted days after 21 Savage was scheduled to appear at the Grammys in Los Angeles, where he was nominated for two awards, including Record of the Year for “Rockstar.”

Although he will be released on bond, 21 Savage’s battles will continue because he was charged with a felony in 2014. In 2017, he applied for a new visa, and his application is currently pending. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will decide if 21 Savage should be deported.