21 Savage

21 Savage Arrested by ICE, Claims He’s From the U.K.

21 Savage may have “a lot” of explaining to do.

The rapper, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement early Sunday morning (Feb. 3) in Atlanta, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ICE claims that he is actually from the United Kingdom and overstayed his visa.

He was taken into custody in a “targeted operation” and faces deportation from the U.S. Savage has long claimed to be from Atlanta and was born there in 1992, according to Wikipedia.

ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said that Savage is actually an “unlawfully present United Kingdom national” who came to the U.S. on a visa in July 2005. His visa expired a year later.

The rapper, whose most recent album i am > i was debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in December, is being held for removal proceedings due to the fact that he is in the U.S. illegally and for being a felon. He was convicted of drug charges in 2014.

“ICE will now await the outcome of his case before a federal immigration judge to determine future actions,” said Cox.

In a statement to TMZ, his attorney, Dina LaPolt, said, “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.”