Jay-Z is showing his support for a rapper in a big way.
The musician, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested early Sunday morning by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who say he is from the United Kingdom and overstayed his visa.
Notably, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who are now holding Savage, were reportedly also on the scene, but are not listed in the police reports.
An ICE spokesperson told CNN that 21 Savage's "whole public persona is false" and called him a convicted felon. The 26-year-old is also engaged, and he's the father of three children who were born in the U.S. Since living in Atlanta, Fortune reported that Savage has also given back to his community by helping underprivileged youths in financial literacy. Jay Z released a statement on Facebook that said Savage deserved to be reunited with his family immediately.
21 Savage's whole family, including his sisters, mother and three children, are living in America legally, and some as USA citizens.
Abraham-Joseph, whose recent album I Am I Was debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard charts, is a particularly high-profile arrest by ICE.
The rapper's legal team said earlier that he arrived in the USA at age seven, staying there continually for nearly 20 years except for a brief trip to Britain in 2005.
According to reports, 21 Savage actually had a visa permit pending for four years before he reapplied for his US Visa in 2017, which they claim must have led the authorities to do a background check that discovered his visa was expired before his arrest. "These "Dreamers" come from all walks of life and every ethnicity". "Because of his length of residence in the United States and his immediate relatives, Mr. Abraham-Joseph is eligible to seek Cancellation of Removal from an Immigration Judge".
Kuck also said that ICE was refusing to release his client on bond based on "incorrect information about prior criminal charges".