(CNS News) -- Given the totalitarian nature of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its frequent espionage against the United States, House Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) has introduced legislation that would prohibit CCP members and their family members from obtaining the visas necessary to study at a U.S. college or university.
“While the CCP commits genocide and other atrocities, they continue to send their children to the United States to receive a world-class education. This must be stopped,” Hartzler said in a statement.
“The Protecting Higher Education from the Chinese Communist Party Act puts an end to this practice, effectively halting the advancement of those who are actively working to undermine our nation," she added.
The bill, introduced by Hartzler on Feb. 16, is entitled, "Protecting Higher Education from the Chinese Communist Party Act of 2022."
The legislation is three pages and, in part, states that a foreigner (alien) may not receive a visa under subparagraph (F) or (J) [student visas] of the Immigration and Nationality Act if the person is,
"(1) a member of the Chinese Communist Party (hereinafter referred to as the ‘‘CCP’’) who has served on the National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party or other position, including—
"(A) General Secretary of the CCP; (B) a member of the Secretariat of the CCP; (C) a member of the Political Bureau Standing Committee; (D) a member of the Political Bureau of the CCP Central Committee; (E) a member of the CCP Central Committee; (F) a member of the Central Military Commission; (G) a member of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection; or (H) a member of the National People’s Congress; or (2) a family member of a person described in paragraph (1)."
Exceptions may be made if the president of the United States or his designee "certifies in writing to the appropriate congressional committees that such waiver is in the national security interest of the United States."
"During the 2020/2021 academic year, there were over 317,000 international students from China studying in the United States – including family members of CCP officials," said Hartzler. "Xi Mingzhe, the daughter of General Secretary Xi Jinping, previously completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard in 2014 and re-enrolled for graduate studies in 2019."
“We have to realize that China has a plan for world domination,” said Rep. Hartzler in a recent interview on NTD’s Capitol Report. “It sounds like some Hollywood movie; that’s the reality.”
“We shouldn’t be aiding and abetting those who want to do us harm," she added. "It’s just wrong."
Today, the Chinese regime operates concentration camps where an estimated 1.5 million Uyghur Muslims are held. According to numerous western media, prisoners in the camps are tortured, raped, executed, and have their body organs harvested, among other atrocities.
"America's world class university system has become a soft target in the global espionage war with China, intelligence officials say — and they are pressing universities to do something about it," reported NBC News.
"A lot of our ideas, technology, research, innovation is incubated on those university campuses," Bill Evanina, the top counterintelligence official in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, told NBC. "That's where the science and technology originates — and that's why it's the most prime place to steal."
For a list of incidents of Communist Chinese espionage against the United States since 2000, click here.