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Reps. Kinzinger, Malinowski, and Chairman Meeks Stand with the People of Hong Kong on the One Year Anniversary of Beijing’s Violent Crackdown

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Washington, DC, July 2, 2021 | Maura Gillespie (202-225-3635) | comments
Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) and Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) reintroduced their bipartisan legislation, the Hong Kong People’s Freedom and Choice Act, on the one-year anniversary of the Beijing-imposed National Security Legislation.
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Washington, DC – This week, Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) and Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) reintroduced their bipartisan legislation, the Hong Kong People’s Freedom and Choice Act, on the one-year anniversary of the Beijing-imposed National Security Legislation. They introduced this bill with the support of the Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY).

The Hong Kong People’s Freedom and Choice Act provides refuge and protection to Hong Kongers suffering under the Chinese government’s tightening grip of repression. By providing a fast path to the United States for Hong Kong’s entrepreneurs, scientists, and academics, the bill also puts the Chinese Communist Party on notice that if the crackdown on rights in Hong Kong deepens, they risk losing the very people who have built Hong Kong’s economic success.

“For years, the people of Hong Kong have been fighting for their freedoms only to be denied by the heavy-handed communist regime in China. We know the CCP has zero regard for international agreements and the history of our nation reminds us that the United States has a role to play in looking out for basic human freedoms,” said Congressman Kinzinger. “Today, I'm proud to reintroduce this legislation with my colleague Congressman Malinowski as we work to ensure the human rights of Hong Kongers. While more needs to be done, the actions laid out in this bill are a clear first steps towards ensuring that outcome.”

 

“The national security law imposed by the Chinese government on Hong Kong has been a disaster for its people. Today we sent the message that Hong Kong’s freedoms are not negotiable,” said Congressman Malinowski. “The bill is a strong statement to Beijing: if you suffocate Hong Kong’s freedom, you will lose its wealth and talent to the United States, and your loss will be our gain.”

 

In addition to Representatives Kinzinger (R-IL), Malinowski (D-NJ), and Meeks (D-NY), the Hong Kong People’s Freedom and Choice Act is cosponsored by Representatives Bera (D-CA), Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Lowenthal (D-CA), Stewart (R-UT), Phillips (D-MN), Rodney Davis (R-IL), McGovern (D-MA), Van Taylor (R-TX), Khanna (D-CA), Young Kim (R-CA), Porter (D-CA), Wilson (R-SC), Cicilline (D-RI), Crenshaw (R-TX), Raskin (R-MD), Tenney (R-NY), Connolly (D-VA), Steel (R-CA), and Suozzi (D-NY), Cheney (R-WY), Kim (D-NJ).

The bipartisan bill would:

  • Provide temporary refuge to Hong Kongers already in the U.S. who face persecution if forced to return;
  • Expedite processing of refugee applications for Hong Kongers fleeing persecution;
  • Continue the treatment of Hong Kongers as distinct from mainland China—despite the elimination of some autonomy for trade purposes;
  • Develop a strategy to coordinate with allies on international efforts to help Hong Kongers fleeing persecution; and
  • Expedite admission for Hong Kong’s high-skill community.

You can find the full text of the legislation here.

NOTE: During a virtual event on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, the Congressmen announced the introduction of their legislation, H.R. 8428, with the Hong Kong Democracy Council – U.S. That virtual event can be viewed on Facebook Live here

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