According to agents, the man, whose name is Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, has been in the country illegally for over a decade and is also a convicted felon. However, his lawyer calls him a ‘role model.’
“The rapper, songwriter, and record producer was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for overstaying his visa.
“The 26-year-old is a British national who arrived in America at the age of 14, according to the feds. Authorities said under the terms of his non-immigrant visa, 21 Savage was required to leave the U.S. by July 2006.
“The feds say he was convicted on drug charges in Fulton County in 2014. Officials say more charges are possible.”
ICE released this statement concerning the arrest:
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested unlawfully present United Kingdom national Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph AKA “21 Savage” during a targeted operation with federal and local law enforcement partners early Sunday in metro Atlanta. Mr. Abraham-Joseph was taken into ICE custody as he is unlawfully present in the U.S. and also a convicted felon.
“Mr. Abraham-Joseph initially entered the U.S. legally in July 2005, but subsequently failed to depart under the terms of his nonimmigrant visa and he became unlawfully present in the U.S. when his visa expired in July 2006. In addition to being in violation of federal immigration law, Mr. Abraham-Joseph was convicted on felony drug charges in October 2014 in Fulton County, Georgia.
“Mr. Abraham-Joseph is presently in ICE custody in Georgia and has been placed into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts. ICE will now await the outcome of his case before a federal immigration judge to determine future actions.”
So, far, there has been no word from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Georgia on those charges.
Lawyer Dina LaPolt said in an email to the Associated Press that she is working with authorities “to clear up any misunderstandings.”
Apparently, it’s a ‘misunderstanding’ that kept him in the country for 14 years after his visa expired. It’s also a ‘misunderstanding’ that he was convicted of drug charges?
She claimed Abraham-Joseph is a role model to many young people in the U.S.
The arrest was conducted as part of a targeted operation on Sunday.
“Our staff are in contact with the lawyer of a British man following his detention in the USA,” Britain’s Foreign Office said in statement.
Maybe they’ll take him back to the country he’s supposed to be in?
According to an ICE official, when Abraham-Joseph was arrested in 2014, ICE was not aware of his immigration status, and it only learned of it later.