Rapper 21 Savage is detained by US immigration agents
Rapper 21 Savage is in custody of US immigration authorities after being detained on Sunday (3) in an operation in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, where the artist resided, local authorities said.
The rapper, who received two nominations for the next Grammy, is a British citizen born on the Caribbean island of Dominica who illegally stayed in the United States after his visa expired in July 2006, according to office spokesmen site of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, the rapper’s real name, came to be arrested in 2014 on drug-related charges in Fulton County, Georgia.
According to the immigration authorities, the artist was placed in deportation proceedings.
“Mr. Abraham-Joseph is currently in the custody of ICE in Georgia and is waiting to be sued in an immigration court for deportation,” the federal agency said in a statement.
According to CNN, a lawyer for the rapper, Dina LaPolt, said she is taking steps to get her client released and “clear up any misunderstandings.”
“Mr. Abraham-Joseph is a role model for young people in this country, especially in Atlanta, Georgia, and is actively working on community-based programs to help underprivileged youth,” LaPolt added.