Jay-Z has stepped in to assist with 21 Savage’s battle to be released from the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). According to a report TMZ published on Wednesday (Feb. 6), Jay has hired a lawyer to work on Savage’s case. Hov released a statement on the matter as well. “In addition to being a successful recording artist, Savage deserves to be reunited with his children immediately,” Jay-Z said, while adding that his arrest was “an absolute travesty.” He also reiterated the same point that Savage’s team has made since the rapper’s arrest on Sunday (Feb. 3)—his U Visa application has been pending for years.
The attorney hired by Jay, Alex Spiro, also released a statement to the celebrity news site. “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.” In addition to Jay-Z, many more of 21 Savage’s peers have come to his defense, including J. Cole and even Georgia representative Henry C. “Hank” Johnson—who wrote an endorsement letter and shared it with ICE on Twitter.