- On Sunday morning 21 Savage, real name Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was taken into custody by ICE
- Abraham-Joseph is now facing removal proceedings for being a United Kingdom national
- According to ICE spokesperson Brian Cox, Abraham-Joseph came to America in 2005 on a one year work visa he let expire
Rapper 21 Savage was taken into custody early Sunday morning as part of a “targeted operation” conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. According to ICE, 21 Savage, real name Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, is from the United Kingdom and overstayed his visa.
According to ICE spokesperson Brian Cox, Abraham-Joseph came to America in 2005 on a work visa but currently is considered an “unlawfully present United Kingdom national.” His work visa expired a week later, Cox said.
Cox said, “removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts” have already begun for Abraham-Joseph, who has always claimed to be from Atlanta throughout his career. Abraham-Joseph has been considered a local act in Atlanta up to this point.
In 2014, Abraham-Joseph was convicted of felony drug charges in Fulton County. An ICE official claimed they were not aware of Abraham-Joseph’s status at the time of that arrest. It was not until recently the agency learned that Abraham-Joseph is from the U.K.
The arrest happened after a traffic stop early Sunday morning in DeKalb County. DeKalb police arrested three other people that were with Abraham-Joseph.