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03:18 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a memorandum extending temporary safe haven to certain Hong Kong residents in the US amid ongoing repression and undermining of democracy by China.

The presidential memorandum, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement, directs “the deferral of removal of certain Hong Kong residents who are present in the United States, giving them a temporary safe haven.”

Biden’s memorandum directed that the deferral, effective Thursday, will defer removal for the next 18 months.

It comes over a year after a national security law imposed by China criminalized acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and coll