21 Savage was on Sunday arrested by immigration officials in Atlanta.
The ‘No Heart’ rapper was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Georgia and they allege that the rapper is a British citizen and has overstayed his United States visa for over a decade.
ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said: “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 is presently in ICE custody in Georgia and has been placed into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts. ICE will now await the outcome of his case before a federal immigration judge to determine future actions.”
21 Savage has been accused of entering the country illegally in 2005 and staying in the United States after his visa expired the following year. ICE also cited his felony drug charge conviction in Georgia in 2014 when making the case for his arrest.
Soon after the news of his arrest broke the rapper started trending on Twitter, and in true Twitter style, a lot of meme’s started circulating.
Immigration: is your visa still valid?
21 savage: pic.twitter.com/4X8EHRfpwg
— Bryan 🕊 (@_bryanmtz_) February 4, 2019
— Mason Hudson (@itsnotmasonh) February 4, 2019
21 savage when the ICE was asking him about his visa pic.twitter.com/Ol023cfEBl
— kj (@kristinjacksonn) February 4, 2019
21 Savage returning to his mates in the UK after finessing the U.S. for 14 years pic.twitter.com/C2MUwbofxU
— Drift📸 (@DrifterShoots) February 3, 2019
Demi Lovato then tweeted about how funny the memes were and Twitter was enraged. Rapper Wale told Lovato that someones freedom is nothing to joke about.
Why is somebody freedom funny … I don’t get the joke https://t.co/Eyf4clympS
— Wale (@Wale) February 4, 2019
Yall: *jokes about 21 savage being british*
Demi lovato: yoo lmaooo
— thot hokage (@_BlackCotton_) February 4, 2019
Of course people then bashed Lovato for her tweets with most people bringing up that the world supported her when she overdosed yet she is making fun of someone’s arrest.
The singer tried to explain that she was only laughing at the meme’s but Twitter was not hearing it and she then deleted her Twitter. But even so she continued to trend and some people thought the backlash was too harsh.
Demi Lovato said she found the Savage 21 memes funny and someone said “would you still find it funny if your drug dealer got deported” And it was all over after that 😩 pic.twitter.com/pbcYFMELYc
— Plathanos 🐝🇩🇴 (@SavinTheBees) February 4, 2019
demi lovato trying to exist without offending yall pic.twitter.com/CDzZCDQvIa
— seren (@seweniti) February 4, 2019
Twitter: *laughs and makes fun of 21 savage*
Demi Lovato: *Laughs like everybody else*
Twitter: “BOI I KNOW YOU AINT LAUGHING”
Demi Lovato: pic.twitter.com/yNVXk6apGj
— BlacKakashi 🇧🇸 (@N8TheGr8__) February 4, 2019
Demi Lovato: *breathes*
The TL: pic.twitter.com/Tm7etwmGMX
— Rad Thibodaykkkss (@DoperThanSourD) February 4, 2019
A legal team is currently working on a case for the 26-year-old rapper – whose real name is Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph – and say it is all a “misunderstanding”.
Dina LaPolt, 21 Savage’s attorney, added: “We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with the authorities to clear up any misunderstanding. Mr. Abraham-Joseph is a role model to the young people in this country, especially in Atlanta, Georgia, and is actively working in the community leading programs to help underprivileged youths in financial literacy.”