The Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage, who’s long been associated with Atlanta, has been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The agency says he is actually a U.K. citizen and that he now faces deportation.
The news comes as a surprise to fans, who assumed the “Bank Account” rapper, born Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was from Atlanta (as he often talked about his tough childhood in the city’s Eastside.) As it turns out, however, he was a U.K. national who came to the U.S. as a child but then overstayed his visa. He was taken into custody Sunday morning (February 3rd) during a “targeted operation” in metro Atlanta, ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said
Savage came to the U.S. in 2005 as a 13-year-old and failed to leave when his visa expired a year later. He then proceeded to live in Atlanta’s Zone 6 where he honed his rap talents to become the star he is today. His lawyer, Dina LaPolt, told the AP she has been working to get him out, saying her client is a role model to young people. Stay tuned for more.