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US senators reintroduce bill to offer Hong Kong protesters refuge

February 12, 2021

Via: Jurist

A bipartisan group of senior US senators, led by Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), reintroduced legislation on Tuesday to help people from Hong Kong fearing persecution after the 2019-20 protests to gain refugee status in the US.

The bill, entitled the “Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act,” aims to “ensure those Hong Kongers who peacefully protested Beijing’s corrupt justice system, and have a well-founded fear of persecution, are eligible for Priority 2 Refugee status.” Rubio, Menendez and others first introduced the bill in June 2020. They said that the bill is in response to the People’s Republic of China’s “draconian national security law.”

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