21 Savage Arrested In Atlanta By ICE
21 Savage, who was born Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph and has claimed to be from Atlanta, was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) early Sunday morning (February 3rd) in Atlanta. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, ICE claims that 21 is actually from the United Kingdom and overstayed his visa. The rapper was taken into custody in a "targeted operation" and faces deportation from the U.S. He is currently being detained due to his immigration status and felony drug charges from 2014.
ICE spokesman, Bryan Cox, said that Savage is "an unlawfully present United Kingdom national" who came to the U.S. on a visa in July 2005. His visa reportedly expired a year later. Cox said, "ICE will now await the outcome of his case before a federal immigration judge to determine future actions." Meanwhile, some reports have said that Savage was born on the Caribbean island of Dominica, which is a former British colony.
Savage’s lawyer, Dina LaPolt, said in a statement to TMZ, "We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention 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."
Reactions to 21 Savage’s Arrest
Offset took to social media to explain why the memes poking fun at 21’s arrest are not funny. He said, "ALL THE MEMES AND SH*T AINT FUNNY WHEN SOMEBODY GOING THROUGH SOME PRAYING FOR MY DAWG. AINT SH*T FUNNY HIS FAMILY DEPENDING ON HIM."
Demi Lovato has also received backlash after comments she made about the rapper’s arrest. She tweeted, "So far 21 savage memes have been my favorite part of the Super Bowl." She was immediately checked by fans, as well as Wale. Wale replied to Demi, "Why is somebody freedom funny ... I don’t get the joke." He went on to say, "A lot of people were sending you love, light, prayers etc. When people were making jokes about u at a rough time. A lot of people. Bless up." Demi replied, "Wale just salty I never replied to his desperate tweets years ago." Wale took the high road and said, "Still ain’t gon disrespect you .. still praying for you Demi . Glad u seen my old tweets. Hopefully you seen the ones providing comfort and prayer when you were down.I don’t kick people when they down . Go queen." E! reports that Demi has since deleted her Twitter following the backlash.