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Immigration Law

Expert on DED for Hong Kong: Will Congress Need to Step In?

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, Aug. 5, 2021

"President Biden declared a deportation amnesty for residents of Hong Kong who are in the U.S., saying Thursday that arrests and persecution by the Chinese government are putting people in danger and they deserve a “safe haven.”  The move, known officially as deferred enforced departure, means those in the U.S. illegally or on legal visas who would have to return home soon can stay without fear of deportation. They also can be granted work permits to support themselves. ... Stephen Yale-Loehr, a leading immigration scholar and professor at Cornell Law School, said President George H.W. Bush took similar action to protect Chinese students in the U.S. after the massacre of protesters in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989.  Congress enacted legislation in 1992 granting the students a full pathway to citizenship.  “If the human rights situation in Hong Kong worsens, Congress may need to do that here as well,” Mr. Yale-Loehr said."