Hagerty, Rubio, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Prohibit Asylum for CCP Members

September 22, 2023

NASHVILLE, TN—United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), along with six other Senate Republican colleagues, in introducing the No Asylum for CCP Spies Act, legislation to prohibit members of communist or totalitarian parties, like the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), from being granted asylum in the U.S. and make clear that members of these parties are ineligible for immigration benefits.

This year alone, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has encountered an estimated 40,000 Chinese nationals along the U.S. northern and southern border. The Biden Administration has left the border wide open, allowing potential spies from the CCP to enter the U.S. and take advantage of America’s generous immigration system. 

“We’ve now apprehended, under President Joe Biden’s watch, over 170 different nationalities crossing our border illegally, including 40,000 nationals from Communist China in this year alone,” said Senator Hagerty. “This bill would ensure that the CCP can’t exploit Biden’s broken border policies to spy, steal, and otherwise harm U.S. national interests.”

“The American people are facing the repercussions of the Biden Administration’s open border policy, which is creating chaos and putting our communities at risk,” said Senator Rubio. “We don’t know who’s illegally entering our nation. This presents an opportunity for the CCP to further take advantage and threaten our democracy and national security interests.”

Full text of the legislation can be found here.