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Rapper 21 Savage arrested for staying in America as an illegal immigrant

File image of rapper 21 Savage. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 04, 2019, 07.28 AM (IST)

Grammy nominee 21 Savage was arrested in Atlanta on Sunday by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to ICE spokesperson Bryan Cox.  According to the agency, the rapper was arrested on charges of being in America illegally. 

According to ICE, the rapper is originally a citizen of the UK and that he entered the US legally in July 2005 when he was still a minor. But did not leave after his when his nonimmigrant visa expired in July 2006. 

The rapper, whose real name is Shayaabin Abraham-Joseph has been in the US illegally since 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."

An attorney for Abraham-Joseph said his representatives were working to secure his release.

"We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with the authorities to clear up any misunderstandings," Dina LaPolt said in a statement to CNN. "Mr. Abraham-Joseph is a role model to the young people in this country, especially in Atlanta, Georgia, and is actively working in the community leading programs to help underprivileged youths in financial literacy."

Earlier, Abraham-Joseph was also convicted on felony drug charges in October 2014 in Georgia. 

The rapper's arrest sent shock waves among his fans, who have till now associated him with Atlanta and its music scene. He had said earlier that '21' in his name was a reference to a street gang in Decatur and his songs even referred to his past in East Atlanta.
 
21 Savage features on the song 'Rockstar' by Post Malone, which was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rap Performance at the Grammys.

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According to ICE, the rapper is originally a citizen of the UK and that he entered the US legally in July 2005.