Immigration Court Grants Asylum to Amos Yee, Teenage Blogger from Singapore

Immigration Court Grants Asylum to Amos Yee, Teenage Blogger from Singapore

Associated Press, Mar. 25, 2017- "A blogger from Singapore who was jailed for his online posts blasting his government was granted asylum to remain in the United States, an immigration judge ruled.  Amos Yee, 18, has been detained by federal immigration authorities since December when he was taken into custody at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.  Attorneys said he could be released from a Wisconsin detention center as early as Monday.  Judge Samuel Cole issued a 13­-page decision Friday, more than two weeks after Yee's closed­-door hearing on the asylum application.  "Yee has met his burden of showing that he suffered past persecution on account of his political opinion and has a well­founded fear of future persecution in Singapore," Cole wrote.  Yee left Singapore with the intention of seeking asylum in the U.S. after being jailed for several weeks in 2015 and 2016. He was accused of hurting the religious feelings of Muslims and Christians in the multiethnic city­state. Yee is an atheist. Many of his blog and social media posts criticized Singapore's leaders. ... Yee's attorney Sandra Grossman said her client was elated. "He's very excited to begin new life in the United States," Grossman said."