21 Savage Arrested By ICE, Which Claims He’s Actually From The UK

21 Savage21 Savage’s road to the glamorous life he currently enjoys has not been easy. The rapper has admitted ICE is correct in its claims he was born in the UK, as an obtained birth certificate indicating he was born in London borough Newham showed , but denies the timeline of his immigration that ICE has alleged.

On February 3—Super Bowl Sunday—the 26-year-old was arrested in Atlanta by ICE, who claimed the rapper had overstayed his visa in 2006. ICE officials immediately announced that Savage, who they labeled a convicted felon,” was being held without bond while awaiting deportation proceedings.

21 Savage was also a minor part of Childish Gambino‘s double Grammy-winning song, This is America,” and co-writer and producer Ludwig Göransson mentioned the rapper when he accepted the awards during the telecast.

SAVAGE: Yeah, they got A&R’s that put you with different producers and that type stuff, yeah. They do that. I don’t really use they ideas, I ain’t even gon’ lie. Rogen laughs I like to create my own stuff.

21 Savage was honored Thursday for being an advocate for immigrant justice. He was arrested in February in what U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said was a targeted operation over his expired visa. The rapper is a British citizen who moved to the U.S. when he was 7. His visa expired in 2006, but his lawyers had said that wasn’t his fault.

The officers subsequently ran Savage’s name through the police checks system and then handed him over to ICE officials. An ICE official told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that when Abraham-Joseph was arrested in 2014, ICE was not aware of his immigration status.

His biggest hit came courtesy of a guest appearance on fellow 30 Under 30 listmember Post Malone‘s “Rockstar.” But 21 Savage has plenty of momentum of his own: the Atlanta rapper’s first studio album, “Issa Album,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 last year.

The rapper, who was held in immigration detention earlier this year , spoke after he was handed an award from the National Immigration Law Center. Rapper 21 Savage believes immigrants like him who lived in America illegally as children should automatically become U.S. citizens.

On February 3, 2019, 21 was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for overstaying his visa, which initially expired in 2006. Before that, in 2017, 21 applied for a U visa so that he could remain in the United States. He was released on bond nine days later.

21 Savage’s team told Channel 2 Action News supporters have set up a petition to get him out of prison. LOS ANGELES – Rapper 21 Savage believes immigrants like him who lived in America illegally as children should automatically become U.S. citizens.

While his undocumented status might have cast the musician as an unlikely champion for immigration reform, there is value in the fact that his life has not been a case study in the model immigrant narrative. All too often, the mentality around immigration hinges on whether a newcomer lives life as a “model citizen.” For instance, the story of Emmanuel Mensah, a Ghanaian immigrant who died saving his neighbors during a fire in the Bronx last year, sparked conversation about how valuable immigrants are to America.

A U visa is for people who have been victims of certain crimes and have “suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity,” according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Owings notes that Savage’s team might apply for cancellation of removal,” which would allow the rapper to work and live in the U.S. while his case is pending. Harris reports cancellation of removal” is available to undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. for 10 years and can show that their deportation would cause hardship to a spouse, parent, or child who is here legally.” Savage has three children.

See below for a list of 21 Savage’s GRAMMY Awards history. He released his debut studio album, Issa Album, in 2017, and it debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, and hit No42 in the UK.


21 Savage has confirmed that he was born in the United Kingdom following his arrest by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the weekend, who claimed the rapper had been in the country illegally since 2006.

21 Savage, who previously dated model Amber Rose, was arrested Sunday morning in the Atlanta area. US rappers Lil Yachty and Meek Mill both tweeted similar messages calling for 21 Savage to be freed.

After his first mixtape efforts began earning him wider attention in 2015, a spot on XXL’s Freshman Class for 2016 and a collaborative EP with local producer Metro Boomin called ‘Savage Mode’ led to a breakthrough. The smash success of “X” (featuring Future) led to a deal with Epic and the release of his first full-length album in 2017. The artist’s fierce energy and dexterous flow helped send ‘Issa Album’ straight to No. 2. He attracted more critical acclaim and chart action the same year with ‘Without Warning,’ a collaborative studio album with Offset and Metro Boomin.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox told the local Atlanta Journal-Constitution outlet that 21 Savage is an “unlawfully present United Kingdom national” who entered the United States in 2005 on a visa that expired one year later.

Atlanta US Immigration Judge Dan Pelletier granted the 26-year-old rapper a $100,000 bond during a hearing on Tuesday and the performer was released from an ICE detention centre in south Georgia on Wednesday.

Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage has been arrested by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials who believe he is a UK national. The rapper, whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, is still going through deportation proceedings.

While Abraham-Joseph was in immigration custody, his lawyers became aware of an outstanding warrant in Liberty county, along Georgia’s coast, and made arrangements for him to turn himself in, attorney Abbi Taylor said.

He spent 10 days in a detention center in southern Georgia before being released. The UK-born rapper, who was detained by US immigration authorities, has lived in Atlanta since he was seven years old.

Fans expressed concerns over 21 Savage’s situation on social media, while others were quick to make memes and poke fun at the revelation. 21 Savage is actually 1.83m or 6feet 0inches tall! The rapper is deceptively larger than he seems.

Rapper, songwriter, and record producer 21 Savage was detained by ICE last month in Atlanta, Georgia , the city he has called home since he was seven years old. Although he was released from immigration detention, he still faces the possibility of deportation. While he was detained, he said he was less concerned about being in jail than about the possibility of me not being able to live in this country no more that I’ve been living in my whole life.” He felt anxiety about leaving his home and the things that make it home, like his favorite restaurant of twenty years.

The Feb. 3 arrest of the Grammy-nominated rapper, who was born Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, initially confused fans who thought he was a United States citizen. In a 2016 interview with hip-hop magazine XXL, he said he was from Decatur, Georgia.

US government attorneys dropped an aggravated felony” charge as grounds to deport the rapper 21 Savage from the country in immigration court on Tuesday, his attorneys told BuzzFeed News.


Owings adds, however, that being released on bond in immigration court—which is what happened to 21 Savage on February 13—is no small feat. It’s really difficult to get released on bond here in Georgia,” she says.

Though 21 Savage would also find fruitful creative partnerships with Cardi B on “Bartier Cardi” and Drake on “Sneakin’,” he scored his biggest hit to date by teaming with Post Malone on “Rockstar.” His raw and intense performances on his spring and summer tours supporting Post Malone were further proof of the onstage prowess he displayed on his own Issa Music and Numb the Pain tours.

But the events of the last few days underscore the ways in which the hard power of government authority and soft power of online conversation can align in peculiar and insidious ways. As news began to spread on social media of 21 Savage’s arrest on Sunday, the meme and joke ecosystem that uses trauma as oxygen went into overdrive, reacting with special intensity to the revelation that 21 Savage — one of the titans of Atlanta’s rap scene — was in fact British. As the government put his relationship with this country in peril, thousands of people chirped in online to poke at the unlikeliness, and precariousness, of his situation.

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors applauded 21 Savage for becoming an advocate for social justice and also shedding light on immigrant issues for black people.

On Aug. 4, Rapper 21 Savage hosted his annual Issa Back 2 School Drive” for the kids in the Glenwood Road neighborhood where he grew up in Atlanta, Georgia.

21 Savage is on tour in 2019 for his newly-minted gold album “I Am > I Was”. He is touring with one of hip-hop’s brightest stars, DaBaby. Will 21 Savage’s new fkboy fall” have the same impact as Megan Thee Stallion‘s hot girl summer?” It is highly unlikely, due to timing.

21 Savage originally claimed he was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but it has emerged he was actually born in Newham, East London. The Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage did not talk about his British citizenship before because he didn’t want to get deported.


While rappers like the late Nipsey Hussle considered how disenfranchisement impacts Black communities, few have actually taken the steps to implement change. Where Nipsey focused on real estate and “buying back the block,” 21 launched The Bank Account Campaign on the heels of his 2017 charting single “Bank Account.” A collaboration with non-profits Juma and Get Schooled, the initiative aims to create jobs for Atlanta youth and teach high school kids financial literacy.

Mr Cox said the hip hop star is currently in ICE custody in Georgia and ‘has been placed into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts.’ An immigration judge will determine future actions.

The government is now pursuing his deportation only on the grounds that he had come from the UK at the age of 7 and had overstayed a visa , according to Charles Kuck, managing partner of Kuck Baxter Immigration, who represents the rapper.

Could there be another beef brewing in the world of hip hop, between Migos rapper Offset, and hip hop star 21 Savage? Both 21 Savage and Offset came up in Atlanta, and were thought to be friends.

21 Savage though also weighed-in, but his comment was a lot harsher and with a hint of frienemie, writing, “And da corniest caption of the year award goes to,” wrote the Atlanta-based gangster, with laughing emojis.

At the time of his arrest, ICE officials told local media that the rapper had been convicted of felony drug charges in 2014. His attorneys have said before that the information was false, pointing out that the conviction was later vacated.

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