AceShowbiz - 21 Savage thinks Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ulterior motives with his arrest. The 26-year-old rapper, who was arrested by ICE agents in Atlanta, Georgia early on Sunday, February 3 for overstaying his visa, reportedly believes that ICE seeks revenge with his arrest.
A source tells TMZ, "Many have speculated as to possible ulterior motives for his arrest and detention, including that he released music five days prior to his arrest by ICE, which included new lyrics condemning the behavior of immigration officials for their detention of children at the border."
The controversial lyrics on "A Lot" read as follows, "Been through some things so I can't imagine my kids stuck at the border. Flint still need water. People was innocent, couldn't get lawyers."
21 Savage was taken into custody on Sunday morning in Atlanta with immigration officials alleging that he is actually a Brit who overstayed his visa. The rapper, whose real name Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested as part of a "targeted operation with federal and local law enforcement partners."
His lawyer Dina LaPolt has said that the arrest was due to a "misunderstanding." She claimed, "We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding."
His other lawyer Charles H. Kuck blasted ICE for arresting his client "based upon incorrect information about prior criminal charges." He argued, "He is widely recognizable, and a prominent member of the music industry. Likewise, Mr. Abraham-Joseph is clearly not a danger to the community, and in fact, his contributions to local communities and schools that he grew up in are examples of the type of immigrant we want in America."
Calling the "No Heart" rapper's arrest "a civil law violation," Charles insisted, "The continued detention of Mr. Abraham-Joseph serves no other purpose than to unnecessarily punish him and try to intimidate him into giving his right to remain in the United States."
21 Savage is currently being held under 23-hour lockdown. He is facing a possible deportation.