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All this time we thought rapper 21 Savage was from Atlanta, born and raised, but it looks like that could be false.
The Grammy-nominated artist was arrested early Sunday morning by ICE, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who says 21 Savage, whose real name is Shayaabin Abraham-Joseph, is currently in the US illegally. He is actually a citizen of the United Kingdom. The agency alleges that he entered the US legally in July 2005, when he was a minor, but subsequently failed to depart under the terms of his nonimmigrant visa. ICE says 21 became unlawfully present when his visa expired in July 2006.
“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. “ICE will now await the outcome of his case before a federal immigration judge to determine future actions.”
Savage’s representatives are working to secure his release.
In his raps, 21 always gives praise to Atlanta as the place that raised him, his name “21” being a reference to a street gang in Decatur.
Written by Clarke Jones