21 Savage: Atlanta rapper really from UK, say US immigration

Atlanta rapper 21 Savage has been arrested by US immigration officials who say he is actually from the UK.

The rapper, Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, came to the US in July 2005 aged 12 and failed to leave when his visa expired a year later, officials said.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman said he was in the country illegally and a convicted felon.

In previous interviews, Abraham-Joseph has described a childhood in Atlanta.

The 26-year-old is also quoted as saying he was expelled from school in Atlanta aged about 12 or 13 for taking a gun to class.

The ICE spokesman said Abraham-Joseph was convicted of drugs charges in 2014 and arrested on Sunday in a “targeted operation”.

He clarified that when the rapper was first arrested, ICE was not aware of his immigration status.

The UK Foreign Office told BBC News: “Our staff are in contact with the lawyer of a British man following his detention in the USA.”

Abraham-Joseph’s lawyer, Dina LaPolt said: “We are working diligently to get Mr Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding.”

She said he was a “role model” due to his work on financial literacy programs with underprivileged youth.