After Amos Yee testified in court on Tuesday in Chicago, an immigration judge will determine if the notorious blogger is deserving of asylum in the United States — an endeavour the teen embarked on since December last year.
The judge plans to issue a written decision within two weeks time. Should Yee be refused asylum, he will be immediately deported back to Singapore and banned from entering the US in the future.
But the prospect of Yee being granted refugee status seems grim, especially in light of the executive orders issued by President Donald Trump, whose hardline stance against immigration has proved to be rather inconvenient:
Convicted and jailed twice in Singapore for hurting the religious feelings of Christians and Muslims, the 18-year-old fled to Chicago in December, and was taken into custody at O’Hare International Airport after officials found that he intended to seek political asylum. He’s been detained in McHenry County Jail ever since — a fact that was not lost on him after he complained that he spent more time in prison in America than in Singapore.