Biden offers ‘safe haven’ to Hong Kong residents in U.S. after China crackdown

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By Michael Martina, Ted Hesson and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden on Thursday offered temporary “safe haven” to Hong Kong residents in the United States, allowing what could be thousands of people to extend their stay in the country in response to Beijing’s crackdown on democracy in the Chinese territory. Biden directed the Department of Homeland Security to implement a “deferral of removal” for up to 18 months for Hong Kong residents currently in the United States, citing “compelling foreign policy reasons.” “Over the last year, the PRC has continued its assault on…

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