Rapper 21 Savage Speaks Out For First Time Since Release From ICE Custody
Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage spoke out Friday for the first time since he was released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The rapper, whose legal name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, spoke on Good Morning America about his arrest and time in the Irwin County Detention Center.
He described being locked in "one room, all day."
Abraham-Joseph was arrested Super Bowl weekend and spent nine days in custody before being freed on $100,000 bond.
The award-winning rapper was born in London, England, and brought to the U.S. at age 7. He has remained here on an expired visa.
Speaking on GMA, 21 Savage said he believes he was targeted.
“We got Savage,” he said were the words officers used after he was arrested. He also took issue with the immigration system.
"I've been here 20 years, 19 years,” he said. “This is all I know. I don't feel like you should be arrested and put in a place where a murder would be just for being in the country too long."
His attorneys say now, Abraham- Joseph will try to secure legal residency.
The risk of being deported is still a credible one, though his legal team remained optimistic that wouldn’t happen.
A petition asking for his release garnered nearly half a million signatures during his time spent in custody.
He said now, he hopes to shed a light on the people who he met in the detention center who may not get the same chance at freedom he did.