Cardi B voices support for 21 Savage

The rapper was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Georgia after they alleged he's a British citizen and has overstayed his US visa.

Rapper 21 Savage. Picture: @21savage/instagram.com

LONDON - Cardi B has become the latest big-name star to come to the defence of 21 Savage, who was arrested by immigration officials at the weekend.

The 26-year-old rapper was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Georgia after they alleged he's a British citizen and has overstayed his United States visa, but Cardi has taken to her Instagram account to voice her support for the under-fire star.

She wrote on the photo-sharing website: "We will read and educate ourselves on this situation and we will take action! 21 did not come here illegally and was not caught doing anything illegal or doing any mischief! in fact, he has changed his whole life around and as ya'll can see he's been very positive in his actions and music! (sic)"

Meanwhile, 21 Savage's lawyer has vowed to fight for his release.

The rapper's legal team insisted his arrest was a civil law violation and also accused the authority of refusing to release their client on bond of any amount.

Lawyer Charles H Kuck criticised ICE's actions, claiming they had proceeded following "incorrect information about prior criminal charges".

What's more, he said that the 26-year-old star - whose real name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph - "has never hidden his immigration status from the US government" as he applied for a new visa two years ago.