A teenage blogger from Singapore was released from US custody on Tuesday following an immigration appeals court's decision to uphold his bid for asylum.
Amos Yee, whose online posts mocking and criticizing the Singapore government twice landed him in jail there, left his homeland in December with the intention of seeking US asylum.
But federal immigration agents detained the 18-year-old at O'Hare International Airport and he had been behind bars since.
Carrying a clear plastic bag stuffed with his belongings, below, Yee emerged from a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in downtown Chicago.
"I'm kind of stunned right now," he said. "It's very surreal."
With asylum status, Yee will be eligible to apply for a green card in a year, attorneys said. Yee, an atheist, was accused of hurting the religious feelings of Muslims and Christians in Singapore.