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21 Savage Is ‘Accepting’ His Fear of Potential Deportation

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21 Savage, 26, spoke with Good Morning America on Wednesday, one day after he was released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. The Grammy-nominated rapper recounted his time in detention and his legal ordeal.

Savage repped Atlanta throughout most of his music. When he was detained by ICE this month, it was revealed that he was born in the U.K. The federal agency reported that the “a lot” rapper legally came to the U.S. in 2005 and remained after his visa expired.

ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis asked the 26-year-old if he was fearful of being deported.

“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,” Savage said.

He continued, “So it’s like even if I’m sitting in a cell on 23-hour lockdown, in my mind, I know what’s gonna come after that. So I’m not happy about it. But I’m accepting of it.”

The Altanta resident also clarified that he has been in America since the age of 7, and as a result didn’t know about the documentation required to remain in the U.S.

“I was 7 when I first came here. And we had left in, like, 2005 ’cause my uncle died, my Uncle Foster. So we went back to go to his funeral, and, then, we came back,” Savage said. “So that’s why I think [ICE] got it confused where they thought, like, that was my first coming.”

His arrest brought back the national debate concerning undocumented children referred to as DREAMers, who under the DREAM Act could be granted conditional residency before applying for permanent residency in the country.

Watch 21 Savage’s full interview below.

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