Rapper 21 Savage scooped up and arrested by ICE officials for being in the U.S. illegally

They say he's from across the pond.

DECATUR, GA – AUGUST 05: Recording Artist 21 Savage attend his 21 Savage And His Leading By Example Foundation Host 3rd Annual Issa Back 2 School Drive on August 5, 2018 in Decatur, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images for Leading By Example Foundation)


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, otherwise known as ICE, arrested rapper 21 Savage on Sunday because they say he is actually a citizen of the United Kingdom who has overstayed his visa.

ICE spokesman Bryan Cox told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that the 26-year old rapper, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was part of a “targeted operation” conducted in metro Atlanta area. That operation purpose was to arrest 21 Savage as a person who is “unlawfully present United Kingdom national” and because he is also a convicted on felony drug charges in 2014 in Fulton County, Georgia.

ICE officials claim he first came to the United States legally as a teenager in July 2005 on a visa, which expired the following year. He has been living in the U.S. illegally ever since.

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“Mr. Abraham-Joseph is presently in ICE custody in Georgia and has been placed into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts. ICE will now await the outcome of his case before a federal immigration judge to determine future actions,” said Cox in a statement.

Truth or Dare?

Many are wondering how this could happen to the rapper who has always claimed to be from Georgia. According to a CNN reporter, ICE officials are saying that rapper’s entire public image has been fabricated to sell his music.

Dina LaPolt, who represents 21 Savage, provided a statement to TMZ, , which states: “We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding. Mr. Abraham-Joseph is a role model to the young people in the country — especially in Atlanta, Georgia and is actively working in the community leading programs to help underprivileged youths in financial literacy.”

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21 Savage is best known for his single “X” and for his collaboration with Drake on the single “Sneakin.”