Amos Yee has been detained in the United States on matters related to immigration. According to the website of Immigration and Customs Enforcement United States "Amos Pang Yee Sang" from Singapore is currently detained at McHenry County Jail, one hour drive from Chicago.
No other details about the arrest on the website, but the South China Morning Post reported on Friday (23 December) that 18 years was arrested after he landed at Chicago's O'Hare Airport on December 16
The paper quoted US-based activist Singapore Melissa Chen said he had entered the US on a tourist visa, but was arrested after secondary screening where he told immigration officials he was seeking asylum.
According to the US Department of Homeland Security, asylum can be granted to people who are unable or unwilling to return to their home countries.
It must be because of persecution or fear of persecution for asylum seekers set of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.
In a Facebook posting yesterday, the mother of Mr. Yee, Mrs. Mary Toh, said that her son is seeking political asylum in the US and "Current problems with the lawyer".
When contacted by The Straits Times, he refused to comment on whether he had spoken to her son or what he plans to do next. Mr. Yee has served two terms in prison for wounding religious feelings.
In September 2016, he was jailed six weeks and fined $ 2,000 for eight charges - two for not showing up at the police station and six to intend to wound the feelings of Muslims and / or Christian.
In July 2015, he was sentenced to four weeks to make statements that insult and offend Christians in an online video.
source of www.straitstimes.com