Savage arrested by ICE, which claims he's from the UK

ICE arrests rapper 21 Savage says he’s from the UK

ICE arrests rapper 21 Savage says he’s from the UK

21 Savage - whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph and has long claimed to be from Atlanta - was taken into custody in a "targeted operation", ICE spokesman Brian Cox told the AJC.

According to TMZ, Abraham-Joseph is being held for removal proceedings, not just for being in the country illegally, but also for being convicted of a felony drug charge in 2014. "Mr. Abraham-Joseph was taken into ICE custody as he is unlawfully present in the US and also a convicted felon", a spokes person told Mike.

The agency said his case will now be heard by a federal immigration judge to determine the next move.

Abraham-Joseph is nominated for two awards at next week's Grammys, including record of the year for "Rockstar" alongside Post Malone.

The Atlanta-based rapper released his album "Issa Album" in 2017, featuring the hit song "Bank Account". He often spoke about a childhood spent bouncing around "beat-up. apartments" in Atlanta.

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The arrest was met with baffled reactions online, as the rapper has always been associated with Atlanta and performed with local rappers T.I., Migos, Lil Yachty and Ludacris at an A-town-heavy concert in the city on Thursday during the run-up to today's Super Bowl.

21 Savage said he was "sorry if I offended everybody". I want to give back to the community, help the kids, get them uniforms, books, book bags, everything they need ... just do better.

ICE, though, says he was born in the United Kingdom and entered the country in the summer of 2005.

However, according to law enforcement, "his whole public persona is false". He apparently entered the US legally in 2005, but his visa expired and he reportedly is here illegally, according to TMZ.

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