21 Savage claims he was 'definitely targeted' by ICE following his release

Hip hop star 21 Savage said he believes he was “definitely targeted” when he was arrested by ICE earlier this month.

The rapper, who was released on bond Tuesday following nine days under ICE detention, claims authorities never told him he was being arrested as they took him into custody.

“They didn’t say nothing,” the artist told ABC News in an interview that aired on “Good Morning America” on Friday. “They just said, ‘We got Savage.’ ”

 

 

21 Savage, who was born in the United Kingdom, was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Feb. 3 based on an allegation he had remained in the United States “unlawfully” after a visa ran out.

His attorneys later contended that 21 Savage, 26, legally came to the United States when he was 7, left for a month in 2005, and returned on a one-year visa, which expired in 2006.

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ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 16: Rapper 21 Savage attends the 2nd annual No Cap Tuesday at Gold Room on January 16, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams)
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ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 04: Rapper 21 Savage attends Zone 6 Day at Coan Park on August 4, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
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INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Rapper 21 Savage performs as a special guest on the Coachella stage during week 1, day 3 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 15, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Coachella)
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The “X” rapper told ABC that he was “just driving” before he suddenly saw “guns and blue lights” and found himself in the back of a car.

The rapper — real name She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph — also said in the interview that is concerned he could be deported following his release on bond.

"Yeah, but I feel like I done been through so much in my life, like, I learned to embrace the times when I'm down 'cause they always build me up and take me to a new level in life," the rapper said.

Attorneys for 21 Savage asserted after his arrest that he “never hid his immigration status.”

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