Lawyer says rapper 21 Savage freed from immigration custody

 21 Savage (Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph)
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Published: Feb. 13, 2019 at 2:17 PM EST
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A lawyer for 21 Savage says the Grammy-nominated rapper has been released from an immigration detention center in south Georgia.

Immigration lawyer Tia Smith said in an email that the rapper, whose given name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was released Wednesday on $100,000 bond. He had been held in the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla.

Abraham-Joseph was arrested early Feb. 3. An immigration judge on Tuesday granted him bond.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has said the British citizen overstayed his visa and has an October 2014 felony conviction in Fulton County.

His lawyers have said the 26-year-old rapper was brought to the U.S. when he was 7 and his legal status expired in 2006 through no fault of his own. They've disputed that he has a felony conviction.

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2/13/2019 2:08:02 PM (GMT -5:00)

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