Rapper 21 Savage donates $25K to Southern Poverty Law Center

Rapper 21 Savage donated $25,000 to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) Friday, one of the groups that came to his defense in February when he was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The donation will go toward helping immigrants who are held in detention centers in the Deep South get legal aid, according to a press release from the rapper's attorney, Charles Kuck.


“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," Kuck said. 

21 Savage, who was born She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph in Britain, was arrested in February after officials said he overstayed his visa.

Lawyers at the time said Abraham-Joseph, who was brought to the U.S. legally in 2005 when he was a child, had a pending visa application. 

The SPLC, which focuses on immigration detention and civil rights among other issues, worked with the musician on his legal defense and ultimately helped get him released from detention. His case is still pending before immigration court. 

Willemijn Keizer, the group’s director of institutional giving, told NBC News the donation will go toward defending detained immigrants. 

"Only one in six immigrants detained in the Southeast has access to an attorney in removal proceedings. For an immigrant in detention, that legal representation can mean the difference between winning or losing their case — between staying with their family or being forced to return to a place that is no longer home," he said in a statement.