The British-born rapper was granted an immigration bond shortly after the rally.
About 50 protesters demanding rapper 21 Savage's immediate release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainment huddled under a covered brick building across the street from the Atlanta Immigration Court on Tuesday (Feb. 12) afternoon, watching as a government employee dumped rain-soaked petitions into a black trash bag. The names and zip codes of the more than 450,000 people who signed the Black Lives Matter petition supporting 21 Savage would never make it inside the building. Organizers said they'd been told previously they could take the petitions inside, but on Thursday were turned away at the gate. Before the crowd dispersed, the boxes of petitions had been completely cleared from in front of the building. This display, said protesters, was another clear example of ICE's disregard for the humanity of black and brown people.
Unbeknownst to the crowd, as the 20 boxes were removed from the court's front entrance, 21 Savage's team was preparing to announce the rapper had "won his freedom." Hours later, 21 Savage -- born She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph -- was granted bond following nine days of outrage from fans, music executives and fellow artists over his detainment. The British-born artist is expected to be released Wednesday and still faces an upcoming deportation hearing.