All Information (Except Text) for S.4110 - Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act116th Congress (2019-2020) |
|Sponsor:||Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 06/30/2020)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 06/30/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)|
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Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act
Actions Overview (1)
|06/30/2020||Introduced in Senate|
06/30/2020 Introduced in Senate
All Actions (1)
|06/30/2020||Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.|
Action By: Senate
06/30/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
|Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ]*||06/30/2020|
|Sen. Young, Todd [R-IN]*||06/30/2020|
|Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD]*||06/30/2020|
|Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR]*||06/30/2020|
|Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR]||07/20/2020|
|Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]||07/20/2020|
|Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL]||09/08/2020|
|Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX]||09/08/2020|
|Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]||09/16/2020|
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|Senate Judiciary||06/30/2020||Referred to|
Subject — Policy Area:
One Policy Area term, which best describes an entire measure, is assigned to every public bill or resolution.
- Citizenship and naturalization
- Congressional oversight
- Detention of persons
- Government information and archives
- Hong Kong
- Human rights
- Immigration status and procedures
- International organizations and cooperation
- News media and reporting
- Protest and dissent
- Refugees, asylum, displaced persons
Latest Summary (1)
Introduced in Senate (06/30/2020)
Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act
This bill designates certain Hong Kong residents with priority status for refugee consideration and contains other related provisions.
An individual and certain family members shall have such priority status if the individual (1) is a Hong Kong resident who suffered persecution or has a well-founded fear of persecution as a result of peaceful political activity; or (2) has been formally charged, detained, or convicted for certain peaceful actions. An individual receiving refugee status under this bill shall not be counted against various numerical limitations.
When determining whether an individual shall be admitted as a refugee under this bill, an individual whose citizenship, nationality, or residency was revoked for submitting a nonfrivolous application for a U.S. immigration benefit shall be considered to have suffered persecution on account of political opinion.
The general presumption that an alien is seeking immigrant status shall not apply to certain Hong Kong residents seeking asylum into the United States. (Typically, an alien seeking admission as a nonimmigrant must establish that the alien does not intend to immigrate to the United States.) This exception to the presumption shall apply to certain individuals involved in the 2019 and 2020 protests against China's encroachment into Hong Kong's autonomy (Hong Kong is a part of China but has a separate legal and economic system).
An individual from Hong Kong may not be denied admission into the United States if the primary reason for the denial is a politically motivated government action against the individual's involvement in protests.