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21 Savage's Birth Certificate & Pictures Of Him As A Kid In The U.K. Have Surfaced

The internet was confused after 21 Savage was taken into custody by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents on Sunday, February 3rd. 

It came with bigger shock after we all learned that the Atlanta-based rapper was an immigrant.

ICE Spokesman Bryan Cox said that 21 Savage was detained as part of a “targeted operation” in metro Atlanta and put into deportation proceedings. He went one to share that 21 was actually a United Kingdom National and that his “whole public persona was false.”

Born Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph in October 1992, he entered the United States legally in July 2005 but stayed in the country after his visa expired in July 2006.

Attorneys for the Grammy-nominated emcee say U.S. immigration officials have known about their client’s status since 2017, when he applied for a new visa. Because his application is still pending, they argue Abraham-Joseph should not be detained.

Days later, the alleged birth certificate of 21 Savage has been unearthed by famed U.K. based site, Daily Mail, and it indicates that he was indeed born in the United Kingdom. 


The document confirms that he was born at Newham Hospital in East London to Kevin Emmons and Heather Joseph.

TSR STAFF: Thembi! @ThembiTV_ _____________________________________ Yesterday, we reported that #21Savage was arrested by #ICE because of his alleged immigration status. According to them, #21 is allegedly from the United Kingdom, and is said to be in the #US illegally. _____________________________________ Everyone’s currently trying to make sense of it all, as it’s no surprise that we all thought that he was an Atlanta native. A lot of rappers have shown support for #21 following his arrest, and are keeping their hopes up for him. We will keep you posted on the status of his alleged deportation #Roommates. 📸: @dailymail
According to the site, his mother still has a strong British accent and his twin sisters have reportedly deleted old tweets and photos of him growing up in the U.K., as they have been quoted saying, "I don't want him to get deported."


If you scroll below, you can see video of his mother speaking with a British accent as she also addresses his arrest. 

#PressPlay: Video surfaces of #21Savage's mother speaking with a British accent. She also addresses his arrest! [SWIPE] 🎥: @freddyoart 📸: @gettyimages

An online petition has been launched Black Lives Matter to try and prevent the rapper from being deported.



Now that you know he was born in London, England... Does this affect how you feel about him or his music?

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Previous story by Vincent "Heartbreak" Tucker (02/04/2019 at 9:43 am CT):

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Ok. Um. Wow. Where do we even begin?

21 Savage was reportedly arrested by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the wee hours of Sunday, February 3rd. 

In what may end up being the biggest plot twist of 2019, ICE believes the rapper, born Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, is actually a British Citizen and not from Atlanta, Georgia.  

He was taken into custody in a “targeted operation” in metro Atlanta, ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said.

According to WSB-TV Atlanta reporter Mark Winne who is following the case and providing breaking updates, says 21 Savage entered the United States legally at the age of 12-years-old in 2005. 

His VISA reportedly expired in July 2006, thus making his presence in this country illegal for over 12 1/2 years now.  

While his mother is of Dominican descent, it’s unclear if he was actually born in the United Kingdom or a United Kingdom territory. 


Some reports say he hails from the Caribbean island of Dominica.



ICE officials shared a statement announcing they have detained 21 Savage and the emcee possibly be deported out of the country.

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested unlawfully present United Kingdom national Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph AKA “21 Savage” during a targeted operation with federal and local law enforcement partners early Sunday in metro Atlanta. Mr. Abraham-Joseph was taken into ICE custody as he is unlawfully present in the U.S.

Mr. Abraham-Joseph initially entered the U.S. legally in July 2005, but subsequently failed to depart under the terms of his nonimmigrant visa and he became unlawfully present in the U.S. when his visa expired in July 2006. In addition to being in violation of federal immigration law, Mr. Abraham-Joseph was convicted on felony drug charges in October 2014 in Fulton County, Georgia.”


Reportedly, 21 Savage has been placed in “removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts.” 


His attorney, Dina LaPolt told TMZ: "We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding. 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."


The 26-year-old has always claimed to be from Atlanta, Georgia.  Just last fall, he gave free school supplies to more than 2,500 DeKalb County students as part of his Leading By Example Foundation.


21 Savage was arrested and later convicted on felony drug charges in Fulton County, Georgia in 2014, prompting many on the internet to question why he wasn't arrested by ICE then.


21 Savage released his sophomore album, I am > I was, in December and is nominated for two Grammy awards this year.


Are you surprised to learn that 21 Savage is reportedly not from Atlanta?

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