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A rap music artist who performed at this year’s Super Bowl Music Fest was arrested Sunday and charged with being in the United States illegally.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced they have arrested rapper 21 Savage early Sunday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

ICE spokesman Bryan Cox revealed that the rapper’s real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph.

Abraham-Joseph was taken into custody in a “targeted operation” near Atlanta, Cox said.

Although the newspaper said that Abraham-Joseph, 26, “has claimed to be from Atlanta,” ICE said that was not so.

Abraham-Joseph is an “unlawfully present United Kingdom national” who came to America on a visa in 2005, Cox said. The visa expired in 2006.

Abraham-Joseph is in “removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts,” Cox said.

“ICE will now await the outcome of his case before a federal immigration judge to determine future actions,” an ICE statement said, according to CNN.

Under the name 21 Savage, Abraham-Joseph was nominated for two 2019 Grammy Awards, Variety reported. His most recent album, “I Am > I Was,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

“We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding,” said Dina LaPolt, an attorney for the rapper.

“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,” LaPolt said.

An ICE official told the AJC that when Abraham-Joseph was arrested in 2014, ICE was not aware of his immigration status. They only learned later that he is allegedly from the U.K.

The arrest of Abraham-Joseph came after a traffic stop in DeKalb County. Three other people with Abraham-Joseph were arrested at that stop.

ICE said that in 2014, Abraham-Joseph was convicted on felony drug charges, but ICE was not aware of his visa issues at the time.

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  1. Mike

    February 4, 2019 at 5:53 am

    DOPORT THE THUG.What is he teaching the young kids how to use drugs

  2. Silver eagle

    February 4, 2019 at 6:17 am

    My parents came to America in steerage (the bottom of the boat.) They were taken to Ellis Island and quarenteened for two weeks to make sure they were not ill. If you so much as coughed, you were sent back to the country you came from. The documents they had to sign were printed in English only and you had to learn English to succeed. No one took welfare, and the only flag they honored was that of the USA.
    Today, them come hee waving the flags oif their country. They bleed us dry, taking welface and and medical care as an entitlement. They want to change this country culture similar to that of the shitholes they’re running from. They use our own laws against us…. BUILD THE WALL, before the tree-huggers and illegal immigrants comppletely trash this country.

    • Patricia Colquitt

      February 4, 2019 at 6:25 am


    • Shari Early

      February 4, 2019 at 12:32 pm

      That’s the part that angers me…they come waving their own country’s flag. If their country was so great they should stay there. Legal immigrants want to be a part of this country and illegals want things handed to them while still wanting to celebrate their country and trash America.

    • Olivia

      February 4, 2019 at 1:23 pm

      Hey, Mr. Chest Thumping Patriot: there are a number of flaws in your little homily.

      1. Building a wall would do nothing to prevent foreigners from coming in legally, and overstaying their visas. In case you didn’t notice it, that’s how this particular immigrant ended up illegally living here.

      2. NO ONE immediately becomes functionally fluent in a second language, just because you think they should. Apparently you’ve never studied a foreign language yourself, or you’d realize that it takes TIME and a lot of effort.

      3. There was no such thing as “welfare” when Ellis Island was a port of entry. But there were communities in cities that provided help and support to immigrants, which is why so many big cities have Jewish and Puerto Rican and Mexican and Irish and Italian neighborhoods. There was also a lot of poverty and disease. Take a look at the photographs by Jacob Riis back then. It wasn’t all rah-rah America and prosperity back then,the way your sanitized textbooks portray it.

      4. You’re funny. No doubt you’re too frightened and narrow minded to travel abroad, but if you did, and you got sick, are you telling me you wouldn’t feel “entitled” to seek medical treatment?

      5. I’ve got news for you, pal: It’s not the immigrants (illegal and otherwise) who are “trashing” this country. It’s the ignoramuses and bigots, including the one who’s letting a Russian dictator interfere in our elective process and foreign policy. While you’re foaming at the mouth about some rapper from the UK, the American ideals you claim to cherish are being endangered, and the orange fool you worship is too ignorant and vain to recognize how he’s being used.

      • Jim

        February 4, 2019 at 1:44 pm

        Why don’t YOU take as many in as YOUR house can hold.YOU feed them,clothe them,educate them,all with YOUR money.Then maybe you can be so self righteous.If you aren’t willing to do this,You are a fraud and a lying POS.

      • JD

        February 4, 2019 at 2:43 pm

        Although I think the wall is needed but may not solve all problems like you stated, you were making sense until you got to the last paragraph. If you still believe Russia had anything to do with the outcome of our election, you’re the ignorant one. Rosenstein: “There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime. There is no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result.”

        You’re right about the American ideals and culture are being endangered, but not by the President. He’s trying to keep them as founded, by not letting anyone who thinks they’re entitled to come here by hopping a fence and getting everything for free.

      • Mike Hansen

        February 4, 2019 at 2:47 pm

        Olivia: Sit down and shut up. You think you’re so smart. How old are you? 15???

      • Robbie Hanson

        February 4, 2019 at 2:56 pm

        You moron. Do you just parrot Everything you hear on leftist propaganda television? Its asshats like YOU and your ignorance that are what’s wrong in this country.

      • Raconteur

        February 4, 2019 at 3:10 pm

        1. The Wall is not intended to prevent foreigners from coming in legally and overstaying their visas. In case you didn’t notice, it is intended to funnel those wanting entry to our country to the controlled entry points, whether they are legal or not.
        2. NO ONE claimed that legal immigrants should be fluent in English. If they want to immigrate to America, then they should have a working knowledge of our language. If it takes time and effort, then they should be willing to expend that.
        3. No government welfare ‘back in the day’ and the healthcare was abysmal. Yes, medicine has advanced greatly over the years; what’s your point Dr. Obvious? They still came here LEGALLY and went through the process, learned the language and became AMERCANS. Curiously, other than Hollywood, no one claims it was “rah-rah prosperity” for the LEGAL immigrants.
        4. I traveled abroad, got sick and received medical attention. I paid for it. Unlike you, I don’t feel entitled to “free stuff”.
        5. “It’s the ignoramuses and bigots, including the one who’s [let] a Russian dictator interfere in our elective process and foreign policy.” Yes, Obama and his administration did exactly that. It happened under their watch. However, you are still so butthurt over PRESIDENT Trump winning, that you can’t see passed YOUR ignorance and bigotry that our country was going over the socialist cliff. You are so blinded by your hate, that you won’t let yourself see any good that has been accomplished by PRESIDENT Trump and his administration. You are a typical small minded, leftist.

      • Q

        February 4, 2019 at 4:29 pm

        Olivia please piss off. You are a Salon troll

      • Dorrie

        February 4, 2019 at 5:22 pm

        Ignore Olivia she creeps around on conservative sites & blathers on and on about things she isn’t intelligent to understand.

        • Laura McGaffey

          February 4, 2019 at 6:42 pm

          Olivia apparently got her “education” from the streets and her “friends”. The only things she learned were to hate the USA, to distrust known history, and to belittle everything she knows nothing about.

          • Joe

            February 5, 2019 at 2:44 am

            Olivia received her education from Common Core.

      • Imsurroundedbyidiots

        February 4, 2019 at 7:59 pm

        Shut up dumba**, its the people like you that are trashing this country! Refer to your> trashing the president remark <. Remember, no collusion!!!

      • D

        February 6, 2019 at 4:32 pm

        You’re a fucking idiot!

      • Connie

        February 6, 2019 at 11:24 pm

        Hold on there Olivia. You need to do more research. I have family that immigrated here and did well. When they came they had someone already here who would vouch for and help support them until they got on their own two feet. NEVER did the ask for not take a hand out from anyone. Those people who came thru Ellis Island had a contact here or came already prepared with good usable skills. They were not a burden on taxpayers.

        Those immigrants who come here LEGALLY are not the issue and so therefore that is one correct statement you made. The wall would not and was not meant to stop them. That is an ICE issue.

        Many of your comments are very impertinent especially #5. You are so far off base there that maybe you should consider becoming an immigrant to some place where you and your reckless opinions will be better received than they are here.

        If a Russian dictator interfered with our election, perhaps you need to pony up the proof, since Mueller, in 2 year time cannot do it. You are the kind of person who undermines our country!

    • 4lllls

      February 4, 2019 at 7:46 pm


    • Kristi

      February 4, 2019 at 8:44 pm


  3. Barbara

    February 4, 2019 at 6:23 am

    LOL….yep great role model for the kids! To teach them selfishness and rebellion. Deport his ass!

  4. LST

    February 4, 2019 at 6:46 am

    How appropriate, a spear chucking rapper with a raghead name who calls himself “Savage!” Deport his useless ass to an African country of his choice.

  5. Toni

    February 4, 2019 at 6:46 am

    He is a role model for our youth? Has been arrested for drugs, lies about who he is, and appears to spend most of his money on tatoos. Some role model. If that is the best role model they can come up with in Atlanta, then parents should move their children to another city.

  6. Proud vet

    February 4, 2019 at 6:55 am

    This is a good start for the government really doing it’s job. If I were ice in the first communist Democrat that opened his mouth or judge I would arrest them to for aiding in abetting, and stealing from the American people,Just remember how many people died for the constitution the bill of rights and your freedom, and your children’s.

  7. Sharon Nye

    February 4, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Yes, Proud Vet. First I would personality like to thank you for your fighting for America. We have to keep fighting only on our own soil. Against liberal commie’s trying to finish Obama’s job. I believe that we will have a civil war one day.We know how to use the guns, so the libs better prepare for a fight they will never win.

  8. William

    February 4, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Role model for what? What is he teaching the kids? The best way to tattoo your forehead? DEPORT HIS LAME ASS!

  9. Robert Trotta

    February 4, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    When his VISA expired in 2006 is NO ONE checking these things or is ICE made up of more non-working government people that need the swamp drained there???? I mean 13 YEARS! It’s not like he’s been underground! How many more illegals are running around because ICE isn’t doing their job as diligently as they should. Come on! We don’t want the WALL to keep them IN the USA!

    • Tom

      February 4, 2019 at 2:12 pm

      Amen brother

    • Linda

      February 4, 2019 at 4:03 pm

      Robert Trotta, think of a visa as kind of a driver license. Yes it has your name on it, your address too but if your not pulled over for anything then you more then likely wont be asked to show your License, so tell me at what point in time would someone ask a person for their Visa? This guy was not using his real name since he was famous. Please tell me how you track a person who over stays a visa. If they know its about to expire and they do not want to leave they change the name they use and move.

  10. abolishliberalism

    February 4, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    “Abraham-Joseph is an “unlawfully present United Kingdom national” who came to America on a visa in 2005, Cox said. The visa expired in 2006.”………….. see libs? ICE DOES go after illegals who “Flew” into the country from Europe so dont give us that “Ice is racist because they only target Hispanics from South America!” BS….

  11. Mark Terzano

    February 4, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Seize his bank accounts and belongings first.

  12. Edie Sicher

    February 4, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    ICE needs to be at the STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS and arrest the illegals Palosi is bringing as guests

    • Mary L McClane

      February 4, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      Amen to that Edie Sicher! I’d have ICE outside the building ready to gather them up and deport them, State of the Union or not!

  13. Ahzz

    February 4, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Totally an evil, nasty Satan Spawn!
    DEPORT & Send This Trashy, Low-Life P.O.S. Back Into Hell….. Where He Belongs!

  14. Rick

    February 4, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    ICE is doing a fantastic job…

  15. Rocky

    February 4, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    ALL illegals should be deported ! The best guesstimate on the number of illegals in the US is between 30-50 million. No one really knows as more keep pouring in daily.
    Not much you can do to help a nation that continues to import it’s own killers and elects politicians who refuse to protect citizen and our border.

  16. stephen floyd winters

    February 4, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    deport the SOB.

  17. Q

    February 4, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Him AND his fans.

  18. John Castro

    February 4, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Talk, Talk, Talk, talk, and more Talk, ….no conclusive solutions. “TERM LIMITS” When?

  19. RAY SAY

    February 4, 2019 at 5:06 pm


    Sick of people disrespecting and breaking our laws, while we try to obey them

  20. Charles Gov

    February 4, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Drug charges going back to 2014…..great role model for THUGS perhaps….. Had enough with the whole immigration deal…. THROW HIM OUT !!!

  21. WicDavid

    February 4, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    “rap music artist”

    Well, if I ever saw a glaring example of an oxymoron, THAT would be it.

    Sorry, rap is NOT music. It is creative, I will give it that, but not music. No amount of sampled or fake drum beats is going to change that.

  22. Oscar V Pearson

    February 4, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Get rid of him. 12 years past his expired date? Sickening.

  23. Bj

    February 4, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Criminal alien who was an adult and knew better. No excuse for him other than he thinks he’s above American law. They all come over here cause they can’t make it over there. Arrest and deport….,has no respect for America

  24. Joe

    February 5, 2019 at 12:29 am

    This is my home and country that my ancestors and I worked to make. This illegal has no right to steal it. Why doesn’t he made something out of place he came from? Much easier to steal.

  25. Bill

    February 5, 2019 at 12:36 am

    the ding dong was here for several years, finally arrested in 2014 BUT nobody knew about his visa expiring. Holy cow dung batman !!! Legal citizens of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA can’t even fly within their own country without some “G” man wanting to arrest him/her because there is a spot of mustard on his paperwork. WTF is happening to OUR COUNTRY and being rammed down our throats by the left?????????? WAKE THE HELL UP AMERICA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Polly

    February 5, 2019 at 3:47 am

    He knew what he was doing was wrong but he thinks he is above the law.Send himback

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