WASHINGTON—President Biden on Thursday signed an purchase enabling some Hong Kong residents to continue being in the U.S. rather than return to the Chinese territory, citing Beijing’s crackdown on political independence there.
Hong Kong residents who qualify for the application will be granted a work allow for 18 months and a reprieve from deportation. In the previous, U.S. administrations have prolonged similar steps over and above their first expiration dates.
“This action demonstrates President Biden’s powerful assistance for folks in Hong Kong in the face of ongoing repression by the People’s Republic of China, and helps make distinct we will not stand idly by as the PRC breaks its promises to Hong Kong and to the intercontinental neighborhood,” White Residence spokeswoman Jen Psaki reported.
The White Residence reported it would defer the removing of specified Hong Kong residents in the U.S. to grant them a “temporary harmless haven” from Chinese repression.
The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not reply to a request for remark.