CHICAGO (CBS) — An 18-year-old from Singapore who has been detained in the U.S. after he asked for asylum more than 90 days ago could be freed Monday.
WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.READ MORE: 1 Killed, 7 Wounded In Weekend Shootings In Chicago
A judge ruled Friday that Amos Yee, 18, of Singapore should be given asylum. He was an outspoken critic of the nation’s government and was jailed there for speaking out.
Authorities detained Yee in December after he sought asylum by coming through O’Hare Airport. His pro bono attorney Sandra Grossman said her client was taken aback by the Chicago judge’s ruling.READ MORE: Leroy Long Charged With Shooting On Dan Ryan Expressway Near 87th Street
“It was almost like he didn’t know really how to react,” she said.
The judge ultimately ruled that Yee was persecuted in Singapore and should be allowed to remain here.MORE NEWS: CFD Battalion Chief Hurt In Crash While Responding To Uptown Fire
WBBM asked Immigration and Customs Enforcement to respond. It’s not clear if the federal government will appeal the judge’s ruling.