Mattes & Mahon, PC
Contact Us To Get Started 717-208-2481 // 800-574-5563

Young man applies for asylum after previously being jailed

There isn't technology available yet that can police our thoughts, but that doesn't prevent many governments around the world from jailing, torturing or killing people because of what they believe. Because of his political opinions (or perceived political opinions), a 17-year-old Egyptian boy spent a week in jail. Now, he is in the United States and has applied for asylum in an effort to prevent being sent back to Egypt and, possibly, jail.

While the young man is not in Pennsylvania, his story is so similar to many other people's applying for asylum here. Applicants flee countries whose governments arrest and torture them because of who they support politically or for what they believe. These people belong to political parties that ask to be treated fairly or for their rights, but are crushed instead.

This young man's journey to the United States came because of his skill with science and technology. The teen was invited to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, but it was as he was being escorted back to the airport for his return flight to Egypt that he made the decision to remain in the country. He is currently staying in Los Angeles until his case is decided.

Political opinion is just one of the categories the U.S. government recognizes when looking at asylum applications. Had this young man been targeted for his religious beliefs, his national origin, his race or membership in a particular social group, he could also have applied for asylum. As for now, he is just waiting to be given permission to remain in the country.

Source: The New York Times, "Egyptian, 17, Seeks Asylum After Traveling to Intel Science Fair," Jennifer Medina and Ian Lovett, May 21, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Contact Us Today

Our clients choose us and stay with us because we are honest about what we can do, and we have built a strong record of successful results. We invite you to learn more about the Law Office of Troy J. Mattes, P.C., and to contact us with your immigration law questions.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Mattes & Mahon, PC
132 East Chestnut Street
Lancaster, PA 17602

Toll Free: 800-574-5563
Phone: 717-208-2481
Fax: 717-299-1535
Map & Directions

Make a Payment | Paypal Visa | Matercard | American Express | Discover Network