ICE agents arrest rapper 21 Savage over expired British visa

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities in Atlanta say Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage is in federal immigration custody.

A lawyer for 21 Savage says she is working to get the Grammy-nominated rapper out of federal immigration detention. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox says the artist, whose given name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested in a targeted operation early Sunday in the Atlanta area.

Lawyer Dina LaPolt said in an email that she is working with authorities “to clear up any misunderstandings.” She says Abraham-Joseph is a role model to many young people in the U.S., especially in Atlanta.

Cox says Abraham-Joseph is a British citizen who entered the U.S. legally in July 2005 but overstayed his visa, which expired in July 2006. Cox said Abraham-Joseph was convicted on felony drug charges in Georgia in October 2014.

Cox says Abraham-Joseph has been placed in deportation proceedings in federal immigration court.

Abraham-Joseph is nominated for two awards at next week's Grammys, including record of the year for "Rockstar" alongside Post Malone.

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