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ICE Agents Arrested 21 Savage, Saying He Is A British Citizen And His Visa Had Expired, According To Reports

An ICE spokesperson said that 21 Savage, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, arrived in the US in 2005.

Posted on February 3, 2019, at 5:19 p.m. ET

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 21 Savage on Sunday, claiming that the Atlanta-based rapper is from the UK and his visa expired, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the AP.

An ICE spokesperson told the AJC that 21 Savage, whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was taken into custody in a "targeted operation."

Abraham-Joseph was described by the spokesperson as an "unlawfully present United Kingdom national" who entered the US in July 2005 on a visa that expired a year later.

BREAKING- @ICEgov spokesman tells me @21savage was taken into custody by ICE. “His whole public persona is false. He actually came to the U.S. from the U.K. as a teen and overstayed his visa.” MORE COMING

21 has claimed to be from Atlanta and has long been considered a local in city's expansive list of rappers. He performed in Atlanta on Thursday in the Super Bowl Music Fest at State Farm Arena.

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ICE representatives told the AJC and the AP that he has been placed in deportation proceedings.

Abraham-Joseph's attorney, Dina LaPolt, told TMZ that the team is working with authorities to "clear up any misunderstanding" and secure his release.

Representatives for ICE and Abraham-Joseph did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.