GEORGIA - U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) has issued a letter to whichever immigration judge rules on the case of 21 Savage, the rapper arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Sunday.
Johnson, who represents a portion of Newton County, reportedly knows 21 Savage, whose given name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, through his charitable work.
"This past summer She'yaa invited me to, and I had the privilege to attend his third annual Back to School Drive benefitting the DeKalb County Schools and providing DeKalb students with back-to-school supply essentials and other perks, including complimentary barber and hairdressing services, along with entertainment provided by his friends in the entertainment industry," Johnson wrote. "It was a wonderful charitable campaign and a certain win for the community."
Johnson called Abraham-Joseph a "remarkable young man" and said it would be a loss for the Atlanta community if he is not allowed bail and released from detention.
"Because of his significant ties to the community, and for all of the reasons already noted above, I firmly believe that She'yaa is an appropriate candidate for release on a reasonable recognizance bond," he wrote. "He spends his time giving back to the community and supporting and promoting the betterment of our youth. He has been an outstanding figure and influence within his family and within Atlanta."
According to ICE, the artist is from the United Kingdom and has overstayed his visa. He remains in immigration custody. An online petition has garnered more than 160,000 virtual signatures supporting his release.
See the full letter here:
Claims that She’yaa was hiding or their claims that he was detained because of prior convictions simply aren’t true. She’yaa was never convicted & he was openly seeking to renew his visa. Here's my letter to ICE. #Free21Savage https://t.co/dDIlPbWYGy @OsopePatrisse— Rep. Hank Johnson (@RepHankJohnson) February 5, 2019