21 Savage has gifted a donation of $25,000 to the Southern Poverty Law Center. A non-profit civil rights group, the Southern Poverty Law Center played a central role in helping 21 Savage during his ICE arrest this year.
21 Savage, whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested by ICE back in February. The rapper was detained for reportedly overstaying his visa and living in the country illegally. The rapper’s team refuted those claims and he was later released on bond. The rapper was born in the United Kingdom and came to the United States when he was seven years old.
The $25,000 donation will help detained immigrants in the South have legal counsel. 21’s attorney Charles Kuck said in a statement,
“21 Savage is making this donation public because everyday Americans need to know that ICE is using civil immigration detention as a weapon against immigrants, many of whom, like 21 Savage, have relief from deportation and are able to fix their immigration status.”
He went on,
“Creating oppressively adverse conditions of detention, like those in Irwin County, Georgia, far away from family and legal counsel, causes despair and hopelessness, and forces these men and women to give up on their immigration claims.”
“The SPLC, through its Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) stands at the front line of this fight and supporting this effort lets all Americans know that the Constitution which protects the least of us, protects all of us.”
NBC News reports that Kuck informed them that 21’s case is still pending with the immigration court.