Rapper ’21 Savage’, Who Everyone Thought Was Originally From Atlanta, Detained By ICE At Super Bowl And Being Deported As British National
Atlanta based rapper 21 Savage might not actually be from Atlanta after all. The rapper whose real name is Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph was detained by ICE authorities and is currently deported as a British National who overstayed his welcome.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested rapper 21 Savage early Sunday morning, claiming that he is actually from the United Kingdom and overstayed his visa, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.
21 Savage, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was taken into custody in a “targeted operation,” ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said.
Abraham-Joseph, 26, has claimed to be from Atlanta and has long been considered a local act. Just last fall, he gave free school supplies to more than 2,500 DeKalb County school students.
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.
Savage is reportedly being deported because not only did his visa expire but he has a felony conviction on his record.
He reportedly is being held for removal proceedings … this for being in the country illegally and for being a felon. He was convicted of drug charges in 2014.
His attorney, Dina LaPolt, tells TMZ, “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.”
The Internet was shocked to learn that Savage was British and not originally from Atlanta.