The United States immigration department accepted Singapore’s persecuted political prisoner Amos Yee’s application for asylum and is now processing his application. Based on the US Immigration and Custom Enforcement website, the eloquent 18-year-old teenager is currently housed in McHenry County Jail – a temporary holding area for asylum seekers – as a standard operating procedure for all asylum seekers.
On Dec 16, Amos Yee landed in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and cleared the first screening on a tourist visa. Then on the second screening, he declared his intention to seek asylum in US. Amos Yee’s application was accepted by the US Custom and was not repatriated back to Singapore.
According to Malaysian-turned-US asylum seeker Alvin Tan, the process will take about 4 months long and that asylum seekers are housed in separate containment area from criminals. Alvin Tan recounted that the prison officers treated him with respect, unlike the shabby treatment he received while he was jailed in Malaysia.
Amos Yee qualifies as a political prisoner as he was jailed more than 50 days for “insulting” the current dictator Prime Minister’s father, Lee Kuan Yew, in a Youtube video in May 2015. Offending the Prime Minister and his father in Singapore is equivalent to a death penalty as the country often comes out with twisted laws and interpretations to fix dissents and critics.
In Sep 2016, the former child actor was jailed 6 weeks after the Singapore Police arrested him for “wounding feelings of Muslims” and “failing to obey police order”. Amos Yee was released in Oct 2016, but the intellectual who carries himself well in heavyweight interviews like CNN continued to create videos with content breaching local censorship.
Editor of States Times Review Alex Tan imposed a self-exile in Australia, following the arrests of his co-editors Ai Takagi and Yang Kai Heng. The couple was just recently released following an 8 and 10 month jail sentence for “wounding religious feelings”.
In all charges of “wounding feelings”, none of the racial or religious group representatives made any complaint. Rather, it was the Singapore government which single-handedly pursued the case demanding a jail sentence, with witnesses and plaintiffs being the government.