Amos Yee is still incarcerated at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centre in Chicago, says a Hong Kong based news publication The News Lens.
Yee had won a bid for political asylum in the United States of America and was legally eligible for release. The judge in Yee’s case had ruled that Yee had faced political persecution in Singapore and had granted his stay in the country.
However, the United States Department of Homeland Security has appealed against this ruling.
Human Rights Watch’s deputy director for Asia, Phil Robertson, had this to say of Yee’s plight: “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.”