Attorneys for rapper 21 Savage, who was taken into custody in Atlanta on immigration charges over the weekend, said on Monday that he had been arrested based on incorrect information about his criminal record and should be released while awaiting court proceedings.
The 26-year-old is a British National who arrived in America at the age of 14.
In a statement released on Tuesday evening, attorneys for the rapper, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, confirmed he was born in the United Kingdom and also that he came to the USA when he was just 7 years old.
Police pulled over the Dodge after the rapper allegedly drove across the sidewalk.
When police searched the red Dodge, they reportedly discovered a loaded Glock with an extended magazine, according to an evidence list included in the report.
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"Mr. Abraham-Joseph was taken into ICE custody as he is unlawfully present in the USA and also a convicted felon", ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said in a statement. The police report says a fully-loaded Glock with an extended magazine was found in the glove box of the auto. Since then, Jay Z, along with Roc Nation, has reportedly hired a lawyer for Savage to help with his case.
Savage, whose real name is Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested by ICE agents on Super Bowl Sunday in Atlanta after it was reported that the "Bank Account" rapper had overstayed his Visa.
The rapper's legal team said earlier that he arrived in the United States at age seven, staying there continually for nearly 20 years except for a brief trip to Britain in 2005.
He continued to explain that his legal status expired in 2006 and he filed an application for a U visa in 2017, and that he has three US citizen children and a mother and four siblings who are in the country lawfully. "Mr. Abraham-Joseph was taken into ICE custody as he is unlawfully present in the USA and also a convicted felon". Jigga released a statement on the matter as well. Jay Z released a statement on Facebook that said Savage deserved to be reunited with his family immediately.