Published On: Mon, Feb 4th, 2019

21 Savage arrested by ICE for ‘overstaying’ his VISA

Rap artist 21 Savage is NOT an American and Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested Grammy-nominated rapper for allegedly “overstaying” his visa.

photo/ Ralph Arvesen

His real name is Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, and, despite his songs about being “born and bred” in Atlanta, Georgia, is actually a British national. He came to America in 2005, but was required to leave after his visa expired exactly one year later.

At that point, 21 Savage should have either renewed his visa or applied for some other form of temporary citizenship.

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

He could be deported back to the UK, because he has a felony conviction stemming from a 2014 drug arrest.

“BREAKING- @21savage was in the car with another rapper who was the target of a criminal arrest. 21 was taken into custody by law enforcement after they learned of his immigration status. “There is no misunderstanding. 21 Savage is a British National.”: Law Enforcement source,” CNN reporter Nick Valencia, who is covering the story extensively, tweeted. —1,164  · Atlanta, GA

21 Savage’s lawyer says the rapper has a “pending visa,” and that the 2014 conviction was expunged.

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