Still missing from Biden’s immigration agenda: Asylum for Hong Kongers

President Biden began the work of unwinding his predecessor’s needlessly cruel immigration policies on his first day in office, and he is continuing that project with three new executive orders Tuesday. One of the three concerns asylum, the special status available to refugees who have arrived at a U.S. border fleeing persecution in their home countries. But it doesn’t offer haven to the people of Hong Kong — or the Uighurs, or any other group suffering the abuses of the Chinese government. Why not?

Perhaps it’s simply a matter of Tuesday’s orders focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border. After all, there’s reason to think Biden is receptive to the Hong Kong idea.



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