21 Savage dropped a video for “A Lot” featuring J. Cole last week and now he’s been arrested by ICE agents.
It’s being reported that 21 Savage (real name Shéyaa Bin Abraham) was picked up by ICE in Atlanta early this morning for what is said to be an expired work visa. Abraham-Joseph was apparently born in the United Kingdom and came to the United States in 2005, however failed to return a year later when his conditions expired. The arrest was made in a targeted operation against the I Am > I Was rapper and he now faces deportation.
ICE spokesperson Brian Cox said this about the situation:
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested unlawfully present United Kingdom national Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph AKA 21 Savage during a targeted operation with federal and local law enforcement partners early Sunday in metro Atlanta. Mr. Abraham-Joseph was taken into ICE custody as he is unlawfully present in the U.S. and also a convicted felon (relating to his 2014 drug charges). ICE will now await the outcome of his case before a federal immigration judge to determine future actions.”
Savage’s attorney Dina LaPolt stated:
“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.”
21 Savage dropped I Am > I Was just before Christmas, which debuted at number one on Billboard’s Top 200 list. The LP currently sits in fifth place just over six weeks later. A documentary about the project was released as part of the promotional lead-up.
Check back for more information on the case as it becomes available. Hopefully 21 Savage and his team can have this matter resolved.