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Green, Pfluger Examine Homeland Security Threats Posed by Secret CCP-Operated Police Stations on U.S. Soil

April 25, 2023

Green, Pfluger Examine Homeland Security Threats Posed by Secret CCP-Operated Police Stations on U.S. Soil

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Mark E. Green, MD (R-TN) and Counterterrorism, Law Enforcement, and Intelligence Subcommittee Chairman August Pfluger (R-TX) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray requesting information on the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) clandestine ‘police stations’ uncovered in New York City and reportedly elsewhere in the country, which violate our nation’s sovereignty by suppressing Chinese dissidents living in the U.S., conducting surveillance, and spreading CCP propaganda.

In the letter, the Members state: “We write to request additional information about an illegal Chinese government police station in Manhattan, New York. On April 17, 2023, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested two individuals for operating a Chinese police station in Lower Manhattan and obstructing justice by destroying evidence. In a related case, the FBI charged 40 officers of China’s national police for their involvement in transnational repression schemes targeting U.S. residents, which is when foreign governments illegally stalk, intimidate, or assault people in the United States These two plots where designed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to harass Chinese nationals residing in the United States and suppress dissidents from speaking out against the CCP’s oppressive regime.”

The Members continued: The Chinese police station located in Manhattan drew national outrage when the non-governmental organization Safeguard Defenders released a report in September 2022 revealing the presence of 110 Chinese police stations located around the world, including in New York.The FBI then indicated it was investigating the Manhattan-based Chinese police station, culminating in the April 17th arrests. […] The presence of this police station not only violated U.S. sovereignty, but circumvented both judicial and law enforcement cooperating procedures.”

The Members concluded: “The Committee is examining the persistent threats posed by the CCP to U.S. homeland security, in which the CCP continues to brazenly violate U.S. autonomy. In February 2023, the CCP flew a surveillance balloon across the majority of the continental United States, collecting intelligence on sensitive military and homeland security sites.The Committee continues to monitor and take action against Chinese Confucius Institutes and other Chinese entities of concern, which are operated on U.S. college campuses at the behest of the CCP to commit academic espionage. While the New York Chinese police station has been shut down, our work to mitigate CCP threats to the homeland is far from over.”

Read the full letter here.