U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement just confirmed the arrest of rapper 21 Savage claiming that he is actually from the United Kingdom and has overstayed his visa,
21 Savage, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was taken into custody in a “targeted operation,” ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said. The rapper has claimed to be from Atlanta and has long been considered a local act.
His Wikipedia page states that he was born in Atlanta in 1992. Cox, however, said Abraham-Joseph is an “unlawfully present United Kingdom national” who came to the U.S. on a visa in July 2005. His visa expired a year later, Cox said.
He was also convicted of felony drug charges in 2014 in Fulton County. Abraham-Joseph has been placed in “removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts,” Cox said. He performed in Atlanta as recently as Thursday in the Super Bowl Music Fest at State Farm Arena.
The rapper 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.”