Attorneys for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have dropped an aggravated felony charge against rapper 21 Savage as cause for his deportation. 

Attorneys for 21 Savage, whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, told BuzzFeed News about the development on Tuesday. Charles Kuck, managing partner of Kuck Baxter Immigration Partners LLC, said that the U.S. government is now only pursing the rapper's deportation on the basis that he emigrated from the United Kingdom at the age of 7 and overstayed his visa. 


“I think this case is emblematic of a lot of cases where people are detained for not correct reasons, but they don’t always have resources to fight the system,” Kuck told BuzzFeed. “This case is very emblematic of what happens in immigration court and detention.”

21 Savage was arrested and taken into ICE custody earlier this month. ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said he legally entered the U.S. in 2005 "but subsequently failed to depart under the terms of his nonimmigrant visa."

Officials said at the time of his arrest that the artist had been convicted of felony drug charges in 2014. 

But his attorneys have maintained that the information is false, noting that the conviction was vacated.  

ICE did not respond to a request for comment from BuzzFeed News or The Hill. 

21 Savage was released on bond on Tuesday, nine days following his detainment. An expedited hearing will take place at an immigration court in the future, according to BuzzFeed.