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By Daniella Silva

Rapper 21 Savage was released on bond from a detention center in Georgia on Tuesday, more than a week after he was detained by immigration authorities, according to a statement from his legal team.

She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, a national of the United Kingdom, has been facing deportation since he was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Atlanta last Sunday. The Grammy-nominated rapper was granted release on bond Tuesday, according to a statement from his representatives Charles Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro.

“In the last 24 hours, in the wake of the Grammy Awards at which he was scheduled to attend and perform, we received notice that She’yaa was granted an expedited hearing,” the statement said. “Today, 21 Savage was granted a release on bond. He won his freedom.”

One of the rapper’s lawyers said on MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber” that his celebrity helps put a face on the plight of immigration detainees.

“People can’t connect to the people at the border because they don’t know them,” lawyer Alex Spiro said.

“And people can’t connect to the nameless faceless people that are incarcerated in this country — both in the criminal justice system or in the immigration system. And so when you have a celebrated person, people start to feel that they can connect with him.”

Abraham-Joseph’s attorneys said they had been working for the past nine days with ICE to clarify his legal standing, determine his eligibility for bond and “provide evidence of his extraordinary contributions to his community and society.”

Abraham-Joseph, 26, still faces deportation and potentially a ban of at least 10 years against returning to the United States, according to immigration attorneys.

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Last week, rapper Jay-Z hired Spiro to aid 21 Savage in his fight against deportation.

His legal team has said in previous statements that Abraham-Joseph arrived legally in the U.S. at the age of 7 and remained in the country until 2005, when he left for a one-month visit back to the U.K. He then returned to the U.S. under a H-4 visa in July 2005 and his legal status expired in 2006.

“Mr. Abraham-Joseph, like almost two million of his immigrant child peers, was left without immigration status as a young child with no way to fix his immigration status,” his lawyers said.

Abraham-Joseph currently had an application pending for a U Visa as a victim of a crime, according to his attorneys. They argue he also has potential relief from deportation because he has lived in the U.S. for the last 20 years, has U.S.-born children and a mother who is a lawful permanent resident.

ICE said in a statement following Abraham-Joseph’s arrest that the rapper was arrested “during a targeted operation” in the metropolitan Atlanta area and placed in removal proceedings before federal immigration courts.