The presidential memorandum, White House press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned in an announcement, directs “the deferral of removal of certain Hong Kong residents who are present in the United States, giving them a temporary safe haven.”
Biden’s memorandum directed that the deferral, efficient Thursday, will defer removing for the subsequent 18 months.
Thursday’s motion, Psaki mentioned, “demonstrates President Biden’s strong support for people in Hong Kong in the face of ongoing repression by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and makes clear we will not stand idly by as the PRC breaks its promises to Hong Kong and to the international community.”
She continued, “Given the politically motivated arrests and trials, the silencing of the media, and the diminishing the space for elections and democratic opposition, we will continue to take steps in support of people in Hong Kong.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned the deferral sends “a clear message that the United States resolutely stands with people in Hong Kong.
“In the face of PRC and Hong Kong authorities’ makes an attempt to stifle democratic aspirations, we’ll take motion,” he said in a statement. “We will proceed to face up for the human rights and freedoms assured to folks in Hong Kong by the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law.”