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21 Savage may get deported because of President Trump's immigration policies

The rapper is released on bond, but his immigration troubles are far from over.

21 Savage may be released on bond, but his immigration troubles are far from over. According to TMZ, the 26-year-old rapper and U.K. native may still face deportation due to President Trump's revisions to immigration policies in the United States.

Under Trump's administration, any immigrant with a pending visa application can still be deported from the country but would be allowed to return once their application is approved. Savage filed an application to stay in the United States in 2017, but it will take up to four years for ICE to process his paperwork, thus leaving his deportation status in limbo.

Sources also told TMZ that Savage (real name She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph) was offered a deal from ICE agents which would "drop deportation proceedings if he voluntarily left the country," but Savage ultimately decided against it.

His lawyers believe the rapper has a very strong chance of getting approved to stay in the U.S. because he has lived in the country for over 10 years, has dependents here and has no convictions. His drug conviction from 2014 was vacated and sealed last fall, TMZ reports.

Following his release on Tuesday (Feb. 12), Savage's lawyers, Charles H. Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro, issued a statement to his supporters saying, "21 Savage asked us to send a special message to his fans and supporters -- he says that while he wasn't present at the Grammy Awards, he was there in spirit and is grateful for the support from around the world and is more than ever, ready to be with his loved ones and continue making music that brings people together."

The statement continued, "He will not forget this ordeal or any of the other fathers, sons, family members, and faceless people, he was locked up with or that remain unjustly incarcerated across the country. And he asks for your hearts and minds to be with them."

A photo of Savage boarding a private plane back to Atlanta with his mother was made public and the rapper appeared to be all smiles. He reportedly attended a private dinner with close friends and family members as he prepares for what will likely be a long and hard-fought legal battle.

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