Savage: ICE wants to "intimidate" rapper to leave US, lawyer says

Versace presentation in New York

Versace presentation in New York

The Billboard Award victor was arrested on Sunday by U.S. agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

His fans are in shock because they believed that he was born and raised in Atlanta - because he has a thick Georgian accent and has never denied claims he was born and bred in the city, where he has three young children. Kuck, also claims that the rapper (legal name: She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph) has never hidden his immigration status from the US government, that he has a pending U-Visa application (as the victim of an unspecified crime) and that the Department of Homeland Security has known his address since he filed for the that visa in 2017.

The 26-year-old is a British National who arrived in America at the age of 14.

In a further statement, they added: "Mr. Abraham-Joseph is presently in ICE custody in Georgia and has been placed into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts".

TMZ reports that 21 Savage's only conviction, a 2014 federal drug charge, was expunged from his record in September 2018.

"ICE will now await the outcome of his case before a federal immigration judge to determine future actions".

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CNN reports, however, that ICE wasn't looking to arrest 21 Savage; the rapper got caught up in another artist's criminal proceedings.

The statement also indicates 21 was applying for a visa on the grounds that he was the victim of a crime; he was allegedly shot in a 2013 incident in which his best friend was murdered, and was "severely affected physically and mentally", per Kuck.

Police claim the musician born Sheyaa bin Abraham on October 22, 1992 at Newham Hospital, in east London, has been in the country "unlawfully" since 2006.

He added that ICE knew about Savage's immigration status but had not taken any action until this weekend. In 2017, the rapper reportedly filed for a "U-Visa", a visa set aside for victims of crimes.

The saga of 21 Savage's arrest by ICE has become more convoluted by the day. Previously, 21 Savage was linked to social media star, Amber Rose.

CNN reporter Nick Valencia quoted an ICE spokesman as saying: "His whole public persona is false". The nonimmigrant U-Visa is reserved for people and immediate family members who 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 ICE's website.

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