Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials detained British-born rapper 21 Savage in Atlanta last week.
The rapper, born She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, is being held without bail based on “incorrect information about prior criminal charges,” his lawyer said, further claiming that ICE seeks only to “intimidate” his client into leaving the country as he awaits the fate of a special visa application.
The 26-year-old rhymesmith, who has made his Atlanta upbringing central to his musical persona, was born in the London borough of Newham to British parents, according to a birth certificate obtained by CNN.
ICE says he came to the States at age 12 but remains a UK citizen. He entered the United States legally when he was a minor in July 2005 but subsequently failed to depart under the terms of his nonimmigrant visa, ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said. His visa expired in 2006.
21 Savage appears on the Grammy-nominated song “Rockstar,” by Post Malone.