21 Savage's lawyer issued a statement following the rapper's release from ICE's custody. The group has cited that the rapper came to the U.S.at the age of 14, while 21 Savage's legal team has said that he came to the States when he was seven.
"Mr. Abraham-Joseph, like nearly two million of his immigrant child peers, was left without immigration status as a young child with no way to fix his immigration status".
Define American also questioned whether Savage's recent lyrics about children being detained at the U.S. -Mexico border might have played a role in his detention, with the advocacy group noting that the 26-year-old had "added lyrics about children being detained at the border" to his song "A Lot" at a recent performance on The Tonight Show.
The 26-year-old, real name Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested last week by U.S. immigration agents. He is being held without bail and was forced to miss the Grammys, despite his two nominations for "rockstar".
Yet only one person acknowledged the rapper's plight during the Grammys' more than three-hour broadcast.
Joining Malone in extending support for 21 Savage was "This is America's" producer Ludwig Goransson. The rapper contributed backing vocals to the song. Henderson claimed that she had attempted to "solidify some recognition" for 21 during Post Malone's performance of their joint hit "rockstar", which was nominated for Record of the Year. Though Post was photographed wearing a "Free 21 Savage" T-shirt backstage at the ceremony, the shirt was covered by a jacket during his performance (except for an "A" if you squinted hard enough). But many fans were disappointed that he didn't address the controversy on stage.
About 15 activists with the #Free21Savage Coalition rallied outside the Staples Center before the telecast to protest his detainment, The Los Angeles Times reported. I want to give back to the community, help the kids, get them uniforms, books, book bags, everything they need ... just do better.
Dozens of high-profile figures, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Cardi B, have spoken out against his detainment.
21 Savage attends the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund on November 5, 2018, in New York City.
"At the end, the attention on the case is important for all the other incarcerated people and that's important to me", Spiro told NBC News.