Cross-Taiwan Straits couples condemn DPP over entry ban on their children

Global Times
Date: 2020/7/28
By: Huang Lanlan

Some mainland-Taiwan parents kneel and call for cancellation of the entry ban (photo: courtesy of the parents)

The Taiwan regional authority's move to bar entry for children of mainland-Taiwan couples amid the COVID-19 pandemic is causing anger among the public due to its obvious politicization of the virus and discrimination against mainland residents. Many mainland-Taiwan families who have been separated from their loved ones across the Straits have condemned the separatist Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority for utilizing these children as a tool for political purposes, urging it to let them go back to the island and reunite with their parents soon.

Ye, a mother who has been separated from her 18-year-old son since the virus outbreak, has made lots of petitions to Taiwan authorities in these months. She and some other parents even kneeled at the gate of the local health department and called for cancellation of the entry ban, only to get no response.

"I never thought there would be a day I would kneel down to others only for family reunion," Ye told the Global Times. Months of separation have made this brokenhearted mother extremely worried and sleepless, having to take drugs for treating anxiety disorders. "Being ripped apart from my child is a big pain to me," she said.

Taiwan's entry ban came out in late January before the Ye family was about to head for Taiwan after spending the Chinese New Year (CNY) vacation in Ye's hometown, East China's Fujian Province. Ye and her husband had to go back to the island for work, leaving their son alone in Fujian with no friends and few relatives.    [FULL  STORY]

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