the daddy of
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz,
got here to the U.S. from Cuba in 1957 on a four-year scholar visa. He had sided with
in opposition to the Batista dictatorship, for which he was jailed and crushed. However he later soured on Castro and was granted political asylum within the U.S.
Like so many individuals who’ve escaped political oppression, Mr. Cruz has a particular appreciation for America and its freedoms. So why did his son just lately block laws on the Senate flooring to open America’s door to folks like his father—Hong Kongers now enduring a crackdown by one other Communist authorities?
The laws is “The Hong Kong Folks’s Freedom and Alternative Act of 2020,” and it handed the Home in early December by voice vote. The invoice would make it simpler for Hong Kongers to achieve refugee or non permanent protected standing. TPS permits folks from designated nations to stay and work within the United Standing.
Mr. Cruz, who has supported Hong Kong’s democracy motion prior to now, affords two essential objections. First, he says the invoice isn’t actually about serving to Hong Kong; it’s one other Democratic effort to calm down requirements on behalf of “open borders.” Second, he says it might give China a gap to infiltrate spies into the U.S.
He prefers his personal invoice to chop off federal funding for Hollywood filmmakers who censor their movies for screening in China. He’s additionally pushing the Disgrace Act, which might sanction China for compelled sterilizations and abortions directed at non secular minorities such because the Muslim Uighurs.
We’re all for ending authorities subsidies to Hollywood, and we’ve condemned compelled abortions for greater than three many years. However neither challenge contradicts help for Hong Kong’s persecuted democrats. And nothing challenges—and embarrasses—a Communist regime greater than when its personal folks wish to flee to freedom. In Berlin the Communists needed to construct a wall to maintain folks in.
China most likely would attempt to use a gap for Hong Kongers to sneak its brokers in. However that was additionally true of Cuba’s escapees. And if the difficulty is spies, who usually tend to be brokers for Beijing: Hong Kongers who risked arrest by protesting for democracy, typically carrying American flags—or the kids of Chinese language Communist Celebration members who attend American universities?
The Hong Kongers who would make the most of a authorized path to the U.S. are respectable, hard-working folks like Rafael Cruz. The Republican Celebration spoke up for Soviet refuseniks and dissidents throughout the Chilly Struggle. However now some desire a new Chilly Struggle with China whereas shunning its victims.
At a second when many
appointees wish to reset relations with China, conservative Republicans shouldn’t be working in opposition to an effort that will maintain the warmth on Beijing whereas giving Hong Kong folks hope.
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