Yesterday, 21 Savage was arrested by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who claimed that, as a citizen of the United Kingdom who overstayed a visa, he was in the US on an illegal basis.
According to CNN, ICE alleges that the 26-year-old Atlanta rapper entered the US in 2005 as a minor, but did not leave the country under the terms of his non-immigrant visa, which expired in 2006. He was arrested while in the car with another rapper who was the original target of a criminal arrest, according to CNN reporter Nick Valencia.
An ICE statement says 21 Savage “is presently in ICE custody in Georgia and has been placed into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts”—meaning there is a chance that he could be deported. “ICE will now await the outcome of his case before a federal immigration judge to determine future actions,” the statement added.
21 Savage’s lawyer said his representatives were working to secure his release. The rapper had been promoting his latest album, I Am > I Was, which went to number one upon release, and is scheduled to perform in Florida later this month.