Supporters of Amos Yee who expected the teenage blogger to be released from detention in the weekend were stunned to find that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is still detaining him at a detention facility in Chicago, United States of American (USA).
Many supporters were expecting Amos to be released latest on Monday (27th March) following the ruling by Immigration Judge Samuel Cole, but ICE has reportedly decided to keep the 18-year-old in detention pending an appeal by Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Amos, who has been detained in a detention facility in Chicago since 16th December 2017 is unlikely to be released anytime soon, possibly till the upcoming appeal by DHS has been dealt with.
Should his asylum is overturned, he will most likely be deported back to Singapore to ‘face the music’.
Amos a hostage to the climate of fear generated by Donald Trump’s abusive policies
It is interesting to note that Amos has been detained in USA for a period longer than the sum of all his incarcerations in Singapore combined.
The teenage blogger could have been released after his initial assessment by an asylum official, but he was not. Amos could have also been released pending his upcoming appeal, but he was not.
This was probably, in the words of Mr Phil Robertson, Deputy Asia Director of Human Rights Watch, the result of the “climate of fear created by President Donald Trump’s abusive policies”.
Sadly, it appears Amos has become a hostage to the climate of fear generated by Donald Trump’s abusive policies towards refugees and migrants, and the knee-jerk tightening of practices at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in response to the new President’s executive orders.
Apparently the ICE do still ‘take phone calls’ from those at the top and may not be that independent as perceived to be.
Commenting on Amos’s continued detention, Mr Phil Robertson reportedly added:
U.S. immigration’s continued detention of Amos Yee is both cruel and unnecessary, and appears to be completely arbitrary because US government lawyers did not raise any national security or other such overriding concerns that would justify holding Amos after he received political asylum.
Meanwhile, TRE has written to Amos’s pro-bono lawyer Ms Grossman for more information but have yet to receive a reply.
Update 30th March @ 1200 hours: Although Amos continues to be detained, it appears that no appeal has been lodged with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) aka United States Immigration Courts.