People Fleeing Hong Kong Crackdown Get Temporary US Haven

Police officers stand guard outside a court Friday, July 30, 2021, in Hong Kong, as a pro-democracy demonstrator Tong Ying-kit exits the court after his sentencing for the violation of a security law during a 2020 protest. Tong has been sentenced to nine years in prison in the closely watched first case under Hong Kong's national security law as Beijing tightens control over the territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

(AP) — President Joe Biden has granted temporary refuge to people from Hong Kong. The move comes as the Chinese government tries to crush the pro-democracy movement and tighten its control on a city once known for its freedom. Under a memorandum Biden signed Thursday, people from Hong Kong currently residing in the United States will be able to live and work in the country for 18 months. The move is likely to further inflame the already tense relations between Washington and Beijing. There are several thousand people from Hong Kong who will be eligible, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

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