JAY-Z is standing with 21 Savage. TMZ reports that the hip-hop mogul has hired a lawyer to work on Savage’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) case. How released a statement about why he felt compelled to intervene.
“In addition to being a successful recording artist, Savage deserves to be reunited with his children immediately,” JAY-Z said, while adding that 21 Savage’s arrest was “an absolute travesty.” He also confirmed that the Atlanta native has a US Visa application that’s been pending for years.
The attorney hired by JAY-Z, Alex Spiro, also released a statement.
“We are not going to stop until he is released, bonded out or in front of a judge,” he told TMZ. “What we have here is someone who overstayed their Visa with an application pending for four years—not a convicted criminal that needs to be detained and removed but, by all accounts a wonderful person, father, and entertainer who has a marijuana offense which was vacated and sealed.”
Most recently, Georgia representative Henry C. “Hank” Johnson wrote an endorsement letter supporting 21 Savage and shared it with ICE on Twitter.
See JAY-Z’s full statement from Roc Nation below.
She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph (@21savage) is currently 26 years old, an engaged father of 3 children who were born in the U.S.
U.K. born Abraham-Joseph has been living in the U.S. since the age of 7. pic.twitter.com/T2sfILYEF3
— Team Roc (@teamroc) February 6, 2019