Published By: Himalaya – San Francisco – Jinxi
According to scmp.com, US Senator Ted Cruz has blocked a last-minute attempt by fellow lawmakers to push through legislation that would have given dissidents from the city special refugee status, citing China would exploit relaxed immigration standards to send spies to the US.
Under the bill, Hongkongers would be granted temporary protected status (TPS), joining citizens from 10 other countries including Syria, El Salvador, and South Sudan. With TPS, those already living in the US, such as students, would be allowed to stay in the country past the expiry of their current visa.
However, Cruz (R) of Texas thwarted the Democrat’s attempt on Friday (12/18/20) “to advance their long-standing goals on changing (US)immigration laws”, and claimed that Beijing would exploit relaxed immigration standards to send spies to the US.
Those who could benefit from the bill called the Hong Kong People’s Freedom and Choice Act would be subject to background security checks.