Rapper 21 Savage (Image credit: Getty Images)

Rapper 21 Savage has been arrested by immigration officials in the United States. According to immigration officers, the rapper is actually from the United Kingdom.

21 Savage came to the US in July 2005 at the age of 12 and failed to leave when his visa expired a year later, officials said.

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An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman said he was being held for removal proceedings.

21 Savage, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was taken into custody in a “targeted operation,” ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said.

The rapper is currently 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.”

The embattled rapper performed in Atlanta in the Super Bowl Music Fest at State Farm Arena on Thursday.

Recall that, he was also convicted of felony drug charges in 2014 in Fulton County.

His raps have mostly painted pictures of a violent upbringing in Atlanta surrounded by drugs and guns – something which up until now nobody had questioned.