Congressman seeks to block Chinese communist party members from getting green cards

He says the legislation would block Chinese Communist Party members from getting green cards

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler on December 9, 2019
Rep. Guy Reschenthaler on December 9, 2019
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Updated: June 17, 2020 - 5:10pm

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Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., has introduced legislation designed to ensure Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members don't get green cards.

The Immigration and Nationality Act already states that, "Any immigrant who is or has been a member of or affiliated with the Communist or any other totalitarian party (or subdivision or affiliate thereof), domestic or foreign, is inadmissible."

Reschenthaler's End Chinese Communist Citizenship Act would add text to make it clear that this applies to the "Chinese Communist Party or its successor."

His proposal would also remove some of the exemptions, including one for an individual who has ended their membership or affiliation with the party.

“The CCP continues to engage in aggressive and reckless behavior on the global stage, including stealing American intellectual property, violating international trade laws, committing heinous human rights abuses, and more recently, failing to act and responsibly share information that could have contained the deadly COVID-19 pandemic,” the Pennsylvania Republican said in a statement.

“It is clear members of the CCP do not share our American ideals and values. We should not permit them to enjoy all of the privileges that come with being an American citizen,” he said.



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