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Rapper 21 Savage has opened up for the first time about his arrest by immigration authorities, saying that he "was definitely targeted."

The breakout star, whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham Joseph, was arrested by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on February 4 2019 after they said he was a UK citizen "unlawfully present" in America.

The Rockstar rapper still faces deportation, but was released on bond on Tuesday after over a week in jail, and sat down with ABC's Good Morning America to get candid about the ordeal.

Reporter Linsey Davis spoke to the 26-year-old about the arrest, saying "‘I don’t know. I was just driving and I just saw guns and blue lights. And, then, I was in the back of a car. And I was gone."

He elaborated on ICE's actions; "They didn’t — they didn’t say nothing. They just said, “We got Savage”. It was definitely targeted." He also mentioned that there was a "helicopter" circling overhead during his arrest.

21 Savage's legal team said in a statement:

"For the past 9 long days, on behalf of She’yaa Bin Abraham Joseph, known to the world as 21 Savage, have been speaking with ICE to both clarify his legal standing, his eligibility for bond, and provide evidence of his extraordinary contributions to his community and society."


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The statement concluded, "Today, 21 Savage was granted a release on bond. He won his freedom."

He was seen boarding a private jet with his mother Heather soon after he was let go from ICE custody. He jetted back to his home in Atlanta, Georgia, but now awaits a hearing regarding his possible deportation.

ICE's accusation that Abraham-Joseph is a British citizen came as a shock to the artist's fans, as he is clearly associated with Atlanta's music scene.

He previously has said the "21" in his name is a reference to a street gang in Decatur, and his songs often refer to his past in East Atlanta's Zone 6. ICE allege that he has overstayed his Visa by a decade.


Cardi B has taken to Instagram to drum up support for rapper 21 Savage. 

The musician has been detained by ICE officials in America for allegedly overstaying on a visa he obtained in 2005 after coming to the USA from England. 

Cardi, who will be performing at Irish festival Longitude this summer, uploaded an image of the detained rapper to her 40.6million followers. 


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She wrote: 'We will read and educate ourselves on this situation and we will take action!'

'21 did not come here illegally and was not caught doing anything illegal or doing any mischief! in fact he have change his whole life around and as ya can see he’s been very positive in his actions and music.'

She also had a few spicy words to say to those who have been slating 21 Savage for his prominence in the Atlanta rap scene while not being from Atlanta. 


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'Now let me get ghetto ….and for ya dick breath motherf*ckers talking bout “sO hE nOt FrOm AtLaNta “ he grew up there,' she penned.

'His kids and family live there and BLEW UP there with the support of the community he was raised in.'

'Thank you @21savage for being really good friend to me and @offsetyrn and always coming thru when we need you.'


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21 Savage's attorney Charles H. Kuck has issued a statement, telling The Fader: 'As a minor, his family overstayed their work visas, and he, like almost two million other children, was left without legal status through no fault of his own.'

'This is a civil law violation, and the continued detention of Mr. Abraham-Joseph serves no other purpose than to unnecessarily punish him and try to intimidate him into giving up his right to fight to remain in the United States.'



With communities in the United States continuing to reel from the spate of senseless violence which has played out across the country in recent weeks, the Black Lives Matter movement is gaining ever more momentum.

Eager to support the cause and highlight the importance of solidarity, the Anti Racism Network Ireland and the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland have organised a demonstration in Dublin's city centre this evening.

Taking place at the Spire on O' Connell Street at 6.30pm, the organisations have requested the support of those who condemn the 'horrific acts of violence' which have taken place in the States in recent weeks.

"We condemn the horrific acts of violence perpetrated on a daily basis by US law enforcement against Black bodies," they wrote in a Facebook post last night.

"It is clear then that a Black person’s mere existence still represents a threat worthy of extermination, as evidenced by the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Miriam Carey, Tanisha Anderson…"

"We therefore stand in solidarity with the #‎BlackLivesMatter ‬movement in the US and their struggle against deeply ingrained institutional racial prejudice, but also against the international system of white supremacy," they added.

Those who wish to attend the demonstration this evening have been encouraged to bring placards and banners outlining their support for the movement.