January 30, 1999 |
People with one parent from Hong Kong have the right to live in the territory and do not need permission from mainland China to do so, Hong Kong's highest court ruled Friday in a landmark immigration case. The territory's Court of Final Appeal said Beijing was violating the constitutional rights of emigrants with Hong Kong ancestry by insisting on its own screening process. China requires people to gain exit permits before they move out.
April 7, 1994 |
Federal agents have arrested 81 people in an investigation of a gang accused of smuggling Chinese people into this country and holding them for ransom. Agents said 63 people were taken into custody after a federal raid on a small three-bedroom home in Mitchellville, Md. Six others were seized at a Washington restaurant, and the FBI said 12 were detained in New York.
July 23, 1993 |
Border police officers said Thursday that they have smashed the local branch of a Chinese ring known as "Snake's Head," which specializes in smuggling Chinese migrants into other countries for large sums. Police arrested 33 people in the Berlin area Wednesday, including the suspected ringleader, in an operation coordinated with police in Austria, Spain, France and Scandinavia. China has itself announced a clampdown on the smugglers, known there as "snake heads."
June 10, 1993 |
China said it wants to cooperate with other nations to keep Chinese from illegally entering other countries, a statement from the Foreign Ministry said. U.S. officials had called for international action to stem immigrant smuggling after a refugee-laden freighter grounded Sunday off New York City. The freighter carried nearly 300 illegal Chinese immigrants, and six of them died jumping into the sea.
February 11, 1993 |
When U.S. Coast Guardsmen boarded the freighter East Wood, drifting without power in the Pacific last week, they found more than 500 Chinese would-be immigrants who had survived five weeks stowed in cargo holds with no toilets and little sustenance. The Coast Guard, which is now escorting the ship to the Marshall Islands, heard a strange tale from crew members. They said the ship had been hijacked by pirates who brought the illegal immigrants aboard after the East Wood left Hong Kong Dec. 27.
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September 20, 1992 |
About 150 Chinese nationals paid as much as $30,000 apiece to endure a horror-filled, 43-day boat trip to what they thought would be new homes in America, according to federal officials in Los Angeles who are investigating the alleged illegal-immigration scheme. Traveling under the care of "enforcers" who strictly rationed food and water, the immigrants were sometimes beaten, kicked and threatened before their 70-foot fishing vessel sank Sept.