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ICE releases rapper 21 Savage on bond

Rapper 21 Savage.
Rapper 21 Savage. Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday released rapper 21 Savage on bond and granted him an "expedited" deportation hearing, more than a week after he was arrested and detained for overstaying his visa, according to his attorneys.

Background: According to ICE, 21 Savage, whose real name is Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, is a U.K. national and entered the U.S. legally in July 2005. He failed to leave, however, and was unlawfully present when his visa expired in 2006.

ICE arrests rapper 21 Savage for overstaying visa, says he's British

Rapper 21 Savage performs during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last month.
Rapper 21 Savage performs during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last month. Photo: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photobank

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested rapper 21 Savage on Sunday, saying he’s a U.K. national who entered the U.S. in July 2005 and has overstayed his visa, which expired a year later, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Details: An ICE spokesperson told the Journal-Constitution that the rapper, whose album "I Am > I Was" spent two weeks at the top of the Billboard charts last month, was taken into custody in a "targeted operation" in Atlanta, which he had claimed as his hometown. 21 Savage performed in the Atlanta area as recently as Thursday as part of pre-Super Bowl festivities.

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