21 Savage Makes $25,000 Donation To Organization Who Helped Him When He Was Arrested By ICE
The money will be used to provide legal help for detainees who cannot afford a lawyer on their own.
June 14, 2019 at 6:57 pm
Rapper 21 Savage made a $25,000 donation to the organization who helped orchestrate his release when he was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in February, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
In a statement obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Savage's lawyer Charles Kuck explained that his client wanted to make the pledge 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."
Per their website, the SPLC is a civil rights organization that monitors the actions of hate groups and reports their wrongdoing to the media, law enforcement and the American public. The Alabama-based group also seeks justice for those who have fallen victim to instances of discrimination and hate.
Savage was arrested on February 3 in Atlanta, Georgia after authorities discovered he was actually a citizen of the United Kingdom. The "Bank Account" artist was housed at a government immigrant detention center for 10 days before being released. The SPLC is credited as one of the organizations who first called for Savage's release.
According to Billboard, the funds will be used to provide legal representation to individuals who otherwise cannot fund an attorney on their own.
Savage opened up about his run-in with ICE in an interview with Paper magazine published Monday, speaking candidly about the realities people in his position face on a daily basis.
"I didn't see my kids for almost two weeks," the 26-year-old said to Paper. "There are people in detention centers just sitting for months and even years not being able to see their families. Then some of those people just end up being sent off overnight to a place they ain't never really lived and they don't ever see their family after that."