Since the outbreak of the Chinese Communist Party virus, the United States has largely stopped issuing visas for Chinese students.
Recently, a child of a Chinese Communist Party public security officer was denied a visa to study in the U.S., raising concerns. In response, the U.S. visa officer responded that it was based on a directive from the U.S. Secretary of State that the U.S. would stop issuing visas to the spouses and children of active members of the Chinese Communist Party’s Immigration, Security and Public Security Ministries. The U.S. media revealed more behind the scenes.
Beijing-based study abroad consultant GW Education posted a message on its WeChat website on the 13th, revealing that a Chinese undergraduate student was denied a visa to study in the U.S. at the U.S. Embassy on the grounds that the student’s father was a public security officer.
According to a notice from a consular official circulated on the Internet, the U.S. suspended the issuance of B1, B2, B1/B2, F1, F2, J1 and J2 visas to four categories of Chinese Communist Party officials and relatives: deputy directors of the Immigration Bureau (including the Immigration Bureau) or officials of the same rank and above, spouses and children under 21 years of age; and current members of the State Supervisory Commission, the Ministry of State Security, and the Ministry of Public Security, spouses and children under 30 years of age.
The reason for the suspension is that pursuant to Section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security has notified the Secretary of State that the Chinese Communist Party has refused or unreasonably delayed the admission of Chinese citizens, subjects, nationals, or residents who have received a final order of deportation from the United States.
The State Department told U.S. media outlet Radio Free Asia that the U.S. government has repeatedly requested over the years that the CCP issue travel documents in a timely manner to those Chinese who have received a final deportation order, but the CCP has not responded adequately. The Chinese government needs to do more to reduce the number of Chinese nationals awaiting deportation.
The U.S. Department of State emphasized: “We are working with the Department of Homeland Security to hold the Chinese (Communist) government accountable. If the Chinese (Communist Party) expresses a willingness to cooperate and accept these individuals back into the country, we are willing to assist in their deportation.”
The U.S. Embassy in Beijing also responded to the incident by stating that regular visas will be reinstated when the CCP accepts its nationals pursuant to a U.S. request. At that time, consular officers will review the undergraduate student’s application and reassess his or her eligibility for the type of visa requested.
A review of section 243(d) of the INA reveals that when a country refuses or delays the return of a citizen who has received a U.S. deportation order, the Secretary of State has the authority to order consular officers located in that country to cease issuing immigrant visas or non-immigrant visas, or both, to the people of that country until the country receives the U.S. deported citizen.
According to the U.S. Strategic Action Plan to Address the China Threat released in January, the Chinese Communist Party has refused to accept 40,000 Chinese citizens who overstayed or violated visa requirements and should have been deported.
Expert: U.S. Should Implement Strategic Strike Against CCP’s Minions
At a regular press conference on May 13, spokeswoman Hua Chunying responded to the matter by evading the reasons for the U.S. visa refusal and falsely accusing the U.S. of disrupting normal personnel exchanges between the two countries for political reasons. It also asked rhetorically whether, according to such U.S. logic, China should refuse to issue visas to U.S. intelligence and law enforcement personnel and their families to come to China.
Lai Jianping, a Canadian lawyer with a master’s degree in international law from China University of Political Science and Law, said Hua Chunying’s response was so comical that it was like a robber shouting about the right to legitimate defense.
He said, “This is a sovereign act of the United States under domestic law, executive orders and policies, and an act of justice in line with universal values. If the families of officials who violate human rights can run around the world without restraint, this is aiding and abetting the enemy.”
Lai Jianping continued: The United States is a democratically elected government, and there is no possibility of institutional and systematic human rights violations by public officials. The Chinese Communist Party’s public prosecutors and law enforcement agencies are the party’s swordsmen, and it is only natural to restrict them.
Speaking to Radio Free Asia, Zhou Fenglock, a former student movement leader and president of Humane China USA, said that the suspension of visas from the U.S., including the most serious human rights persecution sectors, although under the terms of immigration law, calls for the U.S. to consider this as a long-term policy under the Magnitsky Human Rights Act.
Zhou Fenglock said, “Since these departments are the most involved in the middle of the Chinese Communist Party’s repression of these specific perpetrators, these people are the fighters of the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of human rights, persecution of Chinese political prisoners, ordinary people, they should be punished, now there is this of course is happy to see, we hope that this is a permanent policy. Still reminds me of the Magnitsky Act, if sanctions are more powerful according to the sector than against individuals.
Wu Jianmin, leader of the 1989 school movement and oil pipe blogger of “Jianmin Pushes the Wall Theory,” said that the United States should implement a strategic strike against the CCP’s minions so that generations of people will realize the cost of standing by and aiding and abetting the CCP’s crimes.
He pointed out: Tang Juan (a female CCP spy) was the first of six people arrested by the INS. According to the FBI director’s explanation, there is one CCP spy case every 10 hours, and the officials of the key departments are the most important henchmen of the evil CCP regime.
Wu said that as soon as the sons and daughters of these people are restricted, normal, conscientious people have to consider: Should they work for the Chinese Communist Party? While the children of civilians can study in the United States, the powerful, the military and the police and their sons and daughters are not allowed to do so.
More than 400,000 Chinese students in the U.S.
The Chinese Communist Ambassador to the United States said last year that there are more than 400,000 Chinese students in the United States. According to published reports, they account for about 35 percent of all international students in the U.S. and brought in $15.9 billion in economic contributions last academic year.
The American Council on Education (ACE) cited a study that said the overall positive impact from international students dropped by $1.8 billion from $40.5 billion the previous year for the 2019 to 2020 academic year. This is related to the U.S. sanctions.
On December 22 of the same year, the China International Migration Report 2020, a study prepared by the China Globalization Think Tank and the Institute of Development Studies at Southwest University of Finance and Economics, showed that the number of Chinese students going to high school in the U.S. has surged nearly 100 times in the last 10 years, with a significant trend toward studying at a younger age. Immigrants from China’s immediate family, also overtaking investment immigrants, have become the main body, and family immigration is more common.
New York immigration lawyer Guo Jin said, with the U.S.-China relations cooled sharply, the United States for national security considerations, the Chinese Communist Party greatly increased vigilance, coupled with the influx of Chinese immigrants, the U.S. society is overwhelmed, and therefore tightened policy restrictions on Chinese immigrants and international students in many ways.
He said that Chinese immigrants are mixed, and spies are also mixed with them. The United States wants legal, law-abiding and tax-paid immigrants, so it is also adjusting its policies accordingly.
Trump Administration Introduces Series of Policies to Curb Chinese Communist Party
On May 29, 2020, former U.S. President Donald Trump issued a presidential proclamation suspending and restricting the issuance of F and J visas related to the development of the Chinese Communist Party’s military for the sake of U.S. national security.
At the time, U.S. officials revealed that the Trump administration had cancelled visas for Chinese students and researchers with direct ties to CCP military-affiliated universities, and that they had been given a deadline to leave the country.
On October 2 of the same year, USCIS issued policy guidance indicating that members of the Communist Party and its affiliated organizations, and members of other totalitarian political parties are prohibited from immigrating to the United States, or applying for green cards, whether inside or outside the United States, unless an exception is made.
On December 3 of the same year, the U.S. State Department also announced that it was restricting travel to the United States by Communist Party members and their relatives and reducing the validity of travel visas for Communist Party members and their families from 10 years of multiple round trips to one month and a single trip, effective immediately.
Immigration lawyers said this meant the U.S. was removing the Communist Party from the country.
On December 7 of the same year, the U.S. sanctioned 14 vice chairmen of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party’s National People’s Congress for undermining the democratic process in Hong Kong.
On December 21, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement that in order to demonstrate the U.S. determination to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for its oppressive practices, visa sanctions would be imposed on all Chinese Communist Party officials involved in human rights violations. Their families are also banned from entering the United States.
New U.S. Government Resumes Visa Appointments for Chinese Students
However, on May 4 of this year, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing resumed visa appointment processing for Chinese students, with Consul General William Bistransky stating, “Foreign students are welcome to enter our homes, communities or universities.”
The vast majority of students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields will receive visas, but some students from high-tech backgrounds will still require additional screening.
And Chinese students coming to the U.S. for academic programs that begin on August 1 will not be subject to travel restrictions related to the Chinese Communist virus imposed under the presidential proclamation, and will be able to fly directly from China to the U.S. within 30 days prior to the start of the program, without having to transit through a third country.
In response, 1989 academic movement leader Wu Jianmin warned that the U.S. should impose disciplinary restrictions on Chinese students and scrutinize five years of social media records.
He said that during the anti-sending of China in Hong Kong, Chinese students were basically little pinkos, cursing Hong Kong people and spreading Communist ideology, and such people should be strictly controlled. They should learn the advanced democracy and legal system of the United States, study values to reshape morality and transform China into a free and democratic society, instead of learning natural science to help the Chinese Communist Party grow and in turn suppress the people.