UPDATED 8:09 AM PT – Saturday, August 7, 2021
Joe Biden has granted temporary asylum to several thousand Hong Kong refugees. A memorandum signed by Biden on Thursday blocked the removal of Hong Kong residents who have sought a safe haven in the U.S.
Hong Kong residents in the U.S. have been permitted to work in the country for 18 months.
Under new Chinese national security law, 100 activists, politicians and demonstrators have been arrested. Another 10,000 have been arrested in connection to antigovernment protests.
“We strongly urge Beijing and Hong Kong authorities to cease their continued attacks on Hong Kong for exercising protected rights and freedoms,” U.S. State Department Spokesman Ned Price expressed. “That includes the freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, and to allow people in Hong Kong to participate meaningfully in their own governance.”
Beijing’s sweeping national security law undermines freedom for people in Hong Kong. Today, we announce Hong Kongers currently in the U.S. may remain in the country for up to 18 months, offering safe haven to those who fear returning. #StandWithHongKong https://t.co/ioDyR4ppph
— Ned Price (@StateDeptSpox) August 5, 2021
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists have asked Congress to pass legislation for refugee status after police in Hong Kong announced they would arrest those attempting to leave.
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