US congressman goes commie hunting
Republican lawmaker wants US visa applicants screened for “communist” and other “totalitarian” links
One prominent Republican from the US House plans to bring a bill to force applicants for nonimmigrant visas by the State Department, requiring them to disclose whether they have been affiliated with communist or totalitarian parties.
Rep. Jim Banks (R.Indiana), proposed legislation that aims to block. “foreign propagandists” – particularly those linked to the governments of China and Russia – from exploiting America’s H-1B visa program for skilled workers to infiltrate the United States, media outlet Axios reported on Thursday.
“We all know that China has used our overly lax visa system to export its propaganda and malign influence,”Axios interviewed banks
This bill is called the “Communist Visa Transparency Act,”All visa applicants would be eligible. Applicants from China would additionally be asked to declare whether they have any present or past affiliation with their country’s military, law enforcement or security forces.
Although the bill doesn’t spell out whether visa applications can be approved for self-declared communists, Banks said it would help law enforcement officers “track”Activity of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). “prevent many of China’s abuses before they happen.” The legislation doesn’t specify what qualifies as a totalitarian party.
According to Banks, he is the “most prolific critic”The CCP is represented in Congress. A bill was introduced by him in March that would increase the vetting process for foreign college students. “adversarial nations”What are they working on “sensitive research projects.”
Banks heads the Republican Study Committee. It is the largest conservative group in Congress. The Countering Communist China Act was introduced by the committee last year. Republicans hailed it as one of the most anti-China laws in recent years.