Amos Yee granted asylum in the United States of America

Self-proclaimed genius Amos Yee, who has the audacity to insult the supposed founding father and show the middle finger to the powers that be in Singapore has been granted asylum to remain in the United States of America (USA).

The US Department of Homeland Security had opposed Amos’s asylum application, but the immigration judge ruled in the teenager’s favour.

According to Grossman Law, the law firm representing Amos on a pro-bono basis, the Immigration Judge Samuel Cole granted Amos asylum after he concluded that the Singapore Government “persecuted Yee on account of his political opinion”.

In his 13-page decision, Judge Samuel Cole ruled that Amos has “met his burden of showing that he suffered past persecution on account of his political opinion and has a well-founded fear of future persecution in Singapore.”

Accordingly, this court grants his application for asylum.

The Immigration Judge also found Amos and his two witnesses, one of whom is Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam, leader of the opposition Reform Party, “credible” and that the applicant had established he “suffered past persecution on account of his political opinion”.

The Department of Homeland Security has not rebutted the presumption that he has a well-founded fear of future prosecution, Judge Samuel Cole added.

With the latest ruling, Amos, who has been detained in a jail in Chicago since December 2016, is expected to be released on Monday (27th March).

The Department of Homeland Security has 30 days (till 24th April) to appeal the Judge’s decision, failing which the decision will be final.

Past Convictions

Amos was sentenced in July 2015 to four weeks’ jail for wounding the religious feelings of Christians and Muslims, and was sentenced to another six week’s jail for the same offence in September 2016.

The right to free speech is sacred

In a statement released on the same day, Amos’ lawyer, Ms Sandra Grossman applauded the Judge’s decision .

The right to free speech is sacred, even when such speech is considered offensive.

 

 

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66 Responses to “Amos Yee granted asylum in the United States of America”

  • PAP has the mandate:

    It is going to be fun for PAP with Amos being vocal against the PAP and the things that PAP had done to him.

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  • N.Jungne:

    DisGrace Fool Amos not only crosses the Red-line, he also cross the Atlantic Ocean.

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  • Lee Hsia Lan:

    Congrats to Amos! Not that I agree or support everything he said and did. But as a parent, I feel relieved he won’t be put into jail again & again.

    Moreover, US granting him asylum is like a big hard slap on that annoying face of the horrible man’s useless son.

    Amos can now freely shout, “Come! Come and catch me if you can!”

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  • AMOS 1 : PINKY 0:

    Phil Robertson told AFP. ” Amos Yee is escaping from the sort of a pressure cooker environment that city-state SINGAPORE EXCELS IN DEVISING for dissidents who challenge its prerogatives,”

    Phil Robertson, campaign group Human Rights Watch’s deputy Asia director, lauded the US judge’s asylum decision.

    not only for dissidents. look at what the workers party is going thru now.

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  • Congrats to the brat:

    Good riddance…USA gets to keep him.
    Lets home the law firm who represented him pro bono doesnt live to regret their decision.

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  • Congrats to the brat:

    Congrats to the brat:
    Good riddance…USA gets to keep him.
    Lets home the law firm who represented him pro bono doesnt live to regret their decision.

    Error…shd be “lets hope the law firm….”

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  • The fat Arse in the North:

    “Fear of future persecution”, that’s a slap on Ah Long face to be similar to the Fat Arse in the North.

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  • Jeyaretnam:

    Two thumbs Up for Kenneth – where is needed, he is there and literally zero gain for him, true man of greatness.

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  • LIONS:

    This judge got balls to oppose the Homeland Security people.
    So,Amos can have hope now.
    Wish hom well n hope he makes the best of his life n this golden chance handed him by the good judge.

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  • oxygen:

    UNIVERSAL LAW OF POLITICAL ASYLUM – the Applicant must demonstrate WELL-FOUNDED FEAR of persecution and/or harassment – once this is demonstrated to be in place, the only judgment outcome possible has to be grant of refugee status to the applicant. It is the same in Australia.

    Until the Department of Homeland Security (if it appeals) refuted otherwise, the judge decision is final of conclusion. And since the Department of Homeland Security has NOT refuted Amos Yee have demonstrated well-founded fear of political persecution in the proceeding till this judgment, it is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to go back on this objectional ground. The Appeal Court judge will ask – why haven’t you raised this ground before if you thought it was valid to deny Amos Yee political protection? The Dept of Homeland Security is NOT entitled to go fishing on grounds which it has not yet discovered that is so fundamental to law determination and this grant of political asylum.

    Me thinks Amos Yee got the outcome under tight wrap in his arm pit already. Department of Homeland Security , even Gonad Trump can go and suck his thumb or squeeze his balls if he does not like the outcome decided by Judge Samuel Cole.

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  • Concerned Housewife:

    Congratulations !

    Amos, take good care of your wonderful mum, and forgive your dad. You and your family members have suffered alot.

    We love you !

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  • Is Roy in Asylum?:

    Now,there is a SAFETY NET for citizens who speakup against authoritarian politicians.

    Uncle Leong et al and Gilbert all have safety nets now.

    Lets hope things get more costly and citizens tak boleh tahan. Then we may see more courage.

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  • oxygen:

    GROSSMAN LAW now have a nice global poster boy of “advertising” promotion having taken this case on pro bono and won. And so is Human Rights Watch. Ironically, once he take up US passport and citizenship, he is protected whereever he travels – some countries might bar him from entry if they dislike him but they can’t touch him if he does no wrong. America has never abandon one of its own kind if he/she is harassed abroad. Remember Michael Fay – even this convicted vandal got Bill Clinton’s “protection”.

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  • Heart of glass:

    LeeLoong must be fuming. Bad publicity coming his way.

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  • nair on amos:

    got one gohpalan nair, a ex sinkie now american citizen wrote in his blog that granting amos asylum was a wrong decision.

    nair had offered to help file asylum application on behalf of amos but amos will be charged for service rendered by this nair.

    amos turned down nair’s service and got the help of some pro bono us lawyer.

    will nair say the same thing now if amos had agreed to pay and uses his service to file an asylum application?

    google his name and you can read for yourself. not going to link and ended up promoting is blog.

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  • rukidding:

    Congrates !

    It just goes to show that even USA sees this place as “oppressive” and ” no human rights” !

    Actually,…..another “indirect slapped” to Hsien Long’s face !

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  • LK:

    The US is welcome to keep him!

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  • THANKS FOR THE PUBLICITY:

    Judge Samuel Cole was convinced that Amos Yee was persecuted and would face more persecution in SG for his political opinion. His findings confirms beyond a doubt what we Singaporeans already know full well first hand.

    What Judge Cole may not know, but we know, is the PAP abuse their power to persecute not only individuals, like Amos, Dr Chee Soon Juan and Ms Teo Sung Lan,, but also organizational entities, like AHPETC – in pursuit of their political agenda..

    Thank you Judge Cole for exposing the political reality in Singapore – that Singaporeans are deprived of their constitutional/human right to freedom of speech, facing endless persecution for exercising their right. Thanks a million for giving PAP the global publicity.

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  • Uncle Lim:

    Amos has thereby shown the middle finger as it were to the Clown.

    The Clown is the last few remaining dictators in the Far East.

    He bizarrely believes we have freedom of speech because we have the fastest internet speed around.

    What a Clown!

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  • CARPE DIAM:

    Congrats to famous Amos.

    Now go and enjoy your new life and make yourself useful to society and your parents proud.

    Carpe diam.

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  • An Utter Disgrace:

    This is a smack on the face of the PAP govt. Punishing a 16 year old boy for his dissenting political views must surely go down in Singapore history as an outright disgrace of the highly incompetent PM and his PAP govt. It is a disgraceful and embarrassing indelible mark against this PAP govt particularly the reputation of LHL who is badly and permanent tarnished by such mindless action. Time for the people of Singapore to disassociate themselves from this shameful PAP govt. Time to vote them out and restore Singapore’s badly tarnished reputation caused by this big-bully, self-serving and useless PAP govt.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Good for Amos. He was born in a country with a wrong government. USA will be a good place for him. Wish him the best.

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  • You deserved that freedom:

    Congrats Amos! You deserved that freedom.

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  • PAP will now fear you:

    Now you can speak out freely without fear of reprisals by that evil regime. The PAP will now fear you instead. They will not be able to use the judicial machine they have complete control over to harass or decimate you.

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  • don't say anything illegal:

    Only be careful not to say anything or conduct yourself in a way that is construed as illegal in the US.

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  • precaution when visiting SG:

    If you were to ever return to SG for a visit, notify the (US) media before stepping onto Singapore soil. Do so only after you have actually received US citizenship as a precaution (your protection).

    Mod: IMHO, even if Amos were to be granted US citizenship, I think he will still be wanted by the local authorities. I stand corrected.

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  • Now you can say all:

    Now you can say all that Dr. Chee, Roy Ngerng, Han Hui Hui, etc. cannot say or persecuted for saying.

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  • can now provoke the PAP:

    You can now provoke the PAP and become even more widely known and generate clicks to your videos and more followers.

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  • paved the way for others:

    Many Singaporeans will be thankful to you. You have paved the way for others to speak up with less fear of reprisals by the PAP.

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  • paved the way for others:

    You have singlehandedly given (some) freedom back to Singaporeans.

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  • Jewel:

    Changi airport Terminal 4 will b renamed.

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  • Sin justice:

    U r condemned as plps said so. No need to call expert witness. So Amos was condemned with no testimony from religious experts. Defamation nepotic statement sufficient to nail. How not impr!
    That’s Sin Jstice!

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  • already creating more attentio:
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  • already creating more attentio:
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  • Jason Wong:

    An American judge just slapped Lee Hsieng Loong in the face!

    Well done for speaking up about persecutions of Singaporeans by the PAP government.

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  • BuyMeBakKutTeh:

    Looking at all perspectives…. even the most absurd ones…. things are going wrong for Mr LHL… way to go Amos! Now you can speak freely… but please do so with substance. Good luck n have fun!

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  • Sookpin:

    Heard dat amoss going

    To head us vermins control dept.

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  • Asylum vs PAP Reputation:

    Now the world may perceive singapore has a repressive garment. I did not say Dictator. Authoritarian is not Dictator legally speaking.

    How will this affect sg ambition to have millions more new citizens who tend to vote garment?

    Amos the kid has succeeded in getting the last laugh.

    How does LHL feel now?

    Excuse me, i need to ejaculate. Go Easy on ZBUY will ya?

    How will this affect the LEGAL SYSTEM RANKING?
    Lets put the mike to Shamugam.

    My name Elkay Whye.
    Don ask me why.
    Go EASY on my ZBUY.

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  • The Road To Serfdom:

    Amos has found his freedom! With newfound freedom means more responsibility. He has now the freedom to shape the kind of life and future he wants. Wish this son of Sillypore well and hope his talent could be developed and nurtured to the fullest and useful for mankind, … perhaps the Sillypore that rejected him as well.
    Hopefully he unleashes his full force of tongue on the wicked pinky greedy self professed natural aristocrat who has the ego of a melon but brain of a peanut.

    To all the ball less KPKB sourgrape dafts who have been following Amos earnestly ,so want are you going to do with the man made rising astronomical cost of Sillypore?
    Bo bian and Suck it all up?

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  • but not this piece of news:

    When I googled for “blogger granted asylum in US” I could find it being reported in almost every major newspaper in the world but (un)strangely not in Singapore’s very own principal newspaper, The Straits Times. Why?? Why hasn’t the PAP controlled newspaper(s) reported it?

    Will they do it only after they cannot hide it from Singaporeans any longer? Like three days after the rest of the world have reported it?

    The PAP regime may be able to censor and manipulate the news in Singapore, but not this piece of news.

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  • Big slap on PAP face:

    This is a big slap in the face of PAP which claims Singapore is a democracy. Also shows that there is no real justice in Singapore and that it is a police state.

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  • Uncle Scrooge:

    Should not USA jail Amos in USA just like Amos was jailed in SG ?

    Should Amos not be persecuted in usa?

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  • Sharon Ann Gabriel:

    The PAP government has brainwashed Singaporeans into believing that everything the government does is for their good and anyone who opposes the PAP government is an enemy. This resulted in the creation of a climate in which silence is golden and those who speak up are considered troublemakers. Amos Yee has got what he wanted. He has turned his back against a government that controls speech, thoughts and minds. The most expansive vista of the future has opened up for Amos Yee and he’s only 18: most unprecedented in S’pore history.

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  • imprisonment politically motiv:

    but not this piece of news:
    When I googled for “blogger granted asylum in US” I could find it being reported in almost every major newspaper in the world but (un)strangely not in Singapore’s very own principal newspaper, The Straits Times. Why?? Why hasn’t the PAP controlled newspaper(s) reported it?

    Will they do it only after they cannot hide it from Singaporeans any longer? Like three days after the rest of the world have reported it?

    The PAP regime may be able to censor and manipulate the news in Singapore, but not this piece of news.

    His imprisonment was clearly politically motivated, like many others who were critical of the PAP such as Chee Soon Juan, J.B. Jeyaretnam, Roy Ngerng, Han Hui Hui, Teo Soh Lung, etc. If Amos had not criticized Lee Kuan Yew and the PAP regime, he would not have been prosecuted (the tool of repression of the PAP which they have complete control over), like some others who also ‘hurt the feelings of Muslims’ but were not prosecuted because they were pro-PAP.

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  • Lucky Amos!:

    If it was still Obama or Clinton, Amos would have be deported home after a phone call,

    But Trump was just not bothered to entertain any calls!

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  • Another Diplomatic Failure?:

    VB ought to be replaced as soon as possible!

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  • Mike:

    Now the world knows that a 16 year old was jailed for daring to criticise the prime minister’s father and NOT offending Christianity. Once again, by using a sledge hammer to swat a fly, the bullies have ended up being a laughing stock.

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  • 3tree:

    New law will b passed soon

    18yrs old not allow to talk.!

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  • Limits of AUTHORITARIANISM:

    Lucky Amos!:
    If it was still Obama or Clinton, Amos would have be deported home after a phone call,

    But Trump was just not bothered to entertain any calls!

    Yes, Obama is too kawan with sg.
    Good riddance.
    I hope his obamacare eventually still get scrapped.
    Trump dun like to be humiliated.
    He will do something to eventually scrap it.
    How i know?
    He is highly capable. How so?
    Since humiliated by Obama, he started his goal of becoming the president and won.
    This feat shocked the whole world.

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