The 26-year-old recording artist was arrested by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Atlanta, Sunday (Feb. 3) during a “targeted operation with federal and local law enforcement partners,” ICE spokesman Bryan Cox confirmed. He is currently being detained due to his immigration status, and a 2014 felony gun charge.
21 Savage, whose birth name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, is a British national. He reportedly came to the U.S. on a non immigrant visa in 2005 at age 12. The visa expired a year later.
21 Savage’s lawyer, Dina LaPolt said in a statement that they are working “diligently” to get him out of detention, and to clear up the immigration “misunderstanding.”
LaPolt added, “While we work with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding. Mr. Abraham-Joseph is a role model to the young people in the country — especially in Atlanta, Georgia and is actively working in the community leading programs to help underprivileged youths in financial literacy.”