Savage’s birth certificate says he was born in London borough

Danny Woods
February 9, 2019

21 Savage - whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph - was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for allegedly overstaying his visa, although his legal team insist he is being wrongly held.

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.

According to reports, 21 Savage actually had a visa permit pending for four years before he reapplied for his US Visa in 2017, which they claim must have led the authorities to do a background check that discovered his visa was expired before his arrest. With that said, a source maintains that ICE was there despite not being listed in the report.

The ongoing ordeal that 21 Savage is enduring as the result of his arrest and detainment by ICE officials had new details added on Tuesday (Feb. 5). His visa expired in 2006.

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The rapper, real name Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was deported back to his home country on Monday after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials discovered he had been living in the US illegally for a number of years.

Johnson said 21 is a prime candidate for bond based on him being a valuable member of the community and the sole breadwinner for his siblings and children.

On Monday, 21 Savage's attorney, Charles H. Kuck, said the rapper "never hid his immigration status from the USA government" and said his arrest was "based upon incorrect information about prior criminal charges". The rapper confirmed that he was indeed born in the United Kingdom, but came at an earlier age than what was widely reported.

"Mr. Abraham-Joseph, like nearly two million of his immigrant child peers, was left without immigration status as a young child with no way to fix his immigration status". Knuck said ICE was refusing to release 21 Savage on "bond of any amount, despite the fact that he has a pending U-Visa application (as the victim of crime) with USCIS, and that he has relief from removal available to him". He also survived a shooting in 2013, which is why he applied for the U visa.

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