Were You Involved in the Persecution of Falun Gong?

U.S. government asks Chinese immigrants a new question

By Crystal Fang & Pamela Tsai
Epoch Times Staff

Jul 11, 2009

PHILADELPHIA—Ann Wang, 54, is a newly admitted U.S. permanent resident living in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is originally from Beijing. Like millions of Chinese who want to immigrate to America, Wang said, “I wanted to come here for freedom.”

She never had freedom in China. Wang was born during the anti-rightist movement and grew up during the Cultural Revolution. The open door policy and the subsequent economic boom of the past three decades didn’t bring the freedom that she had hoped for. She witnessed the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre and ten years later the persecution of Falun Gong.

A Quit CCP Certificate issued by the Global Global Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist Party (Courtesy Quit CCP Service Center)

A Quit CCP Certificate issued by the Global Global Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist Party (Courtesy Quit CCP Service Center)

Wang had her interview to get a Green Card in April at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field office in Philadelphia. She recalled two questions from the interview. One was whether she has an active membership with the Chinese Communist Party. The second question was whether she was involved in the persecution of Falun Gong. Wang asked the immigration officer to explain these two questions. She was told that these two questions are specifically asked to applicants from mainland China. The officer said the Chinese communist regime’s persecution of Falun Gong is like the Nazi persecution of Jewish people during World War II (WWll).

“I was surprised, but very happy that these questions got asked,” said Wang. Like almost every Chinese who was born and grew up in mainland China, she was once a member of two Communist Party sponsored groups. They are the Young Pioneers, for children from ages 7 through 14, and The Youth League for ages 14 through 28.

“Having the membership is almost mandatory. The school teachers ensure every child joins. You have no choice and it is not your choice. It is like you must have an ID card here—if you don’t have it, you are not part of society,” said Wang.

She never applied to join the Chinese Communist Party for adults. “Why would I want to join a Party that persecuted my own family members?” Wang’s parents were both persecuted during the Cultural Revolution. They were among millions of intellectuals who were sent to the remote countryside to raise livestock or work on farms with peasants. “Sending Down” was a method designed by Party Head Mao Zedong to transform free-thinking intellectuals into Communist Red Guards.

Wang has a sister who practices Falun Gong. So she felt grateful for the question about the persecution of the peaceful meditation group. Falun Gong has become the CCP’s biggest target of persecution since July 1999.

“If you want freedom, you cannot have the Chinese Communist Party. If you want the CCP, you can’t have freedom,” said Wang. She made her choice.

Quitting the Party

Wang officially renounced the CCP in 2005 with The Global Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist Party” (http://quitccp.org), a U.S.-based global, nonprofit organization with more than 100 regional offices in more than 30 countries. The organization was established in February 2005 in response to the Chinese people’s massive withdrawals from the CCP and its affiliated organizations, known as the “Quit CCP Movement.”

The movement was triggered when The Epoch Times published the editorial series “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party,” http://ninecommentaries.com, in November 2004. The series discusses the history and nature of the Party.

According John G. Palfrey Jr., Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, the “Nine Commentaries” is among the top two most restricted subjects singled out for CCP’s Internet censorship.

Wang is among the 56 million Chinese who broke through the CCP’s Internet blockade and renounced the Communist Party online.

She was granted the status of U.S. permanent resident by USCIS.

Dr. Dayong Li is the co-founder and chairman of the Global Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist Party, or Service Center. He said “I am very happy to hear Anne’s story. I commend the U.S. government for taking a concrete step toward safeguarding freedom. There are two deadly threats to humanity. One is Nazism and one is communism. The United States has a mission to fight against communism and keep the promise, never again.”

According to Dr. Li, The Service Center started issuing official certificates in February 2009 to Chinese people who publicly renounced the CCP with The Service Center.

“It provides a credible confirmation,” said Jim Liu, a Philadelphia immigration attorney. “Almost everybody who came from mainland China was or is affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party in one way or other. They want to immigrate to the United States and understand their answers to the Communist Party membership question will determine whether their case is approved or not. How do you know whether their answers are true to themselves? I’d like to see a third-party certification.

“When people go to the Service Center to publicly register their renunciation of CCP, it really is an ‘in your face’ move against the CCP. It takes courage and demonstrates a genuine commitment.”

Deporting Criminals

Liu commented on Wang’s being asked in her immigration interview about the persecution. “I think it is good news. It is absolutely necessary for these questions to be asked to immigrants from mainland China. The persecution of Falun Gong is a state-sponsored genocide, the largest human rights atrocity in China. And it is still ongoing.”

Dr. Zhiyuan Wang, co-founder of The World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) said, “I applaud the immigration officer’s question about the genocide in China. I encourage U.S. Homeland Security to take more measures against criminals of the ongoing genocide in China. The United States shouldn’t be a harbor for them.”

Dr. Wang co-founded WOIPFG in 2003 and leads a team tirelessly investigating crimes against Falun Gong. He said, “WWII ended more than a half century ago. But the investigations of Nazi criminals are ongoing. There are cases opened up from time to time on those who participated in the genocide against Jewish people. We hope to see cases being opened up on criminals who are involved in the genocide in China against Falun Gong practitioners.”

According to the press releases from the Office of Special Investigations at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 87 cases have been opened since 2000 that involved deporting and revoking the U.S. citizenship of Nazi war criminals who concealed their past role in the genocide against Jews.

According to a June 2008 report by the Migration Policy Institute, Chinese people are the third-largest immigrant group in the United States after those from Mexico and the Philippines. There were about 1.6 million people born in China in the United States in 2006.

China’s official media (Xinhua News Agency) reported that the United States, Canada and Australia are the top three destinations for CCP government officials to emigrate to. Some bring large sums of money and, possibly, a record of human rights violations. In August 2008 alone, more than 1,000 communist officials were reported leaving China to live abroad.

Wang hopes not to see perpetrators of human rights violations following her and her family to the US.

Last updated,
Jul 11, 2009

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