A Georgia lawmaker is calling for federal officials to release 21 Savage on bail after he was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The Atlanta rapper is a UK immigrant who came to the states as a minor in 2005 with a temporary visa and the visa expired the following year.
21, born She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, is being held without bail based on “incorrect information about prior criminal charges,” a lawyer said.
Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat who represents Georgia’s 4th District, wrote a letter to ICE saying that Abraham-Joseph is a “remarkable young man … (who) spends his time giving back to the community.”
Johnson also noted that he’s a valuable member of the Georgia community and is the sole breadwinner for his siblings and three children. “I believe that it would be a serious hardship to She’yaa’s family and a loss for our community if he is not allowed bail so that he can be released from prison,” he said.
According to ICE, 21 has been placed in removal proceedings. There’s no telling if a letter from a representative of the state will help sway ICE’s decision in keeping the rapper in the country.