Rapper ’21 Savage’ Arrested by ICE, Faces Deportation Proceedings

An Atlanta-area rapper was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement early Sunday morning, and is possibly slated to be deported in connection to his conviction on felony drug charges in 2014.

It comes as a surprise to many to see Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, or ’21 Savage,’ arrested by immigration authorities in the first place, as it was thought he was an American citizen to begin with. In a strange twist, it now appears that he has concocted his life story of growing up in Atlanta, and in actually a British citizen(or subject).

Having been previously convicted on felony charges, it’s relatively likely that he will be deported. Felons pose a large percentage of individuals deported by ICE.

An ICE spokesperson stated that Abraham-Joseph entered the United States legally on a visa around 2005 that has since expired. Reports indicate he may have come to the country from the Caribbean island of Dominica, which is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom.

ICE has indicated that his sensational life story of being associated with various Atlanta-area gangs and criminal organizations could all be a lie. 

Abraham-Joseph’s lawyer is currently working to try and get him released from ICE’s custody, and has indicated that he believes the Grammy-nominated artist’s detention is based purely on a misunderstanding.

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