U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.) has introduced legislation that would prevent members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from obtaining green cards.
“It is clear members of the CCP do not share our American ideals and values,” he added. “We should not permit them to enjoy all of the privileges that come with being an American citizen.”
But the language of such rules doesn’t clearly define which Communist party.
The proposal, named the End Chinese Communist Citizenship Act, would amend the INA’s inadmissibility provisions to include specific language to ban individuals with membership in the “Chinese Communist Party or its successor.”
Reschenthaler’s bill would also do away with two current exceptions: if an immigrant terminated their party membership prior to filing a U.S. visa application, or if they are relatives of a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.
In June 2019, China’s state-run media Xinhua reported that the CCP had more than 90 million members as of the end of 2018, based on a report by the regime’s organization department. China currently has a population of about 1.4 billion.
Among the more than 90 million, about 35 percent were workers and peasants, roughly 16 percent were professional and technical personnel, and almost 11 percent were business and management personnel.
The CCP isn’t the only Party organization in China. Hundreds of millions of people have joined the Party’s youth organizations in primary and secondary school—the Young Pioneers and the Communist Youth League. All who join those organizations declare an oath of faith to the Party.
Chinese individuals with Party membership have had brushes with the law in the United States.
The Chinese military is under the direct command of a Party organ called the Central Military Commission; thus, Wang would have been under orders from the Party.