Melissa Chen, a US-based Singaporean civil activist involved in Amos Yee’s asylum bid said in her Facebook that she has been reported to the United States’ (US) Department of Homeland Security for the ‘crime’ of abetting the teen blogger seeking refuge in that country. They are hoping the activist would be deported.
Amos landed in Chicago O-Hare Airport on 16 Dec with a tourist visa. He was detained in the US while trying to seek political asylum. Amos was flagged for secondary screening at the airport where the immigration officers found text messages between Amos and Ms Chen.
In the exchange between them they discussed making arrangements for Amos’ bid for political asylum in the United States of America. Amos was therefore compelled to tell the truth. Amos is unlikely to be released from detention until a hearing is convened.
Amos has said that the he has no intention of returning to Singapore as he does not want to do National Service.