Rep. Berman Urges DHS To Rectify “China (Taiwan)” Reference on I94’s

For Immediate Release
Washington DC – June 19, 2012
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Rep. Berman Urges DHS To Rectify “China (Taiwan)” Reference on I94’s

In a letter dated June 19, 2012, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) urged Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to stop referring to Taiwan as “China (Taiwan)” on the I-94 immigration document.

The issue was brought to the attention of FAPA by one of its New York members whose Taiwanese family crossed the border into the US from Canada at Niagara Falls, and was shocked to receive an I-94 card referring to Taiwan as “China (Taiwan).”

Earlier, in a letter dated April 30, 2012, Rep. Howard Berman had written to California Secretary of State Debra L. Bowen, urging her to correct the voter registration system in California which referred to Taiwan as “Taiwan, Province of China.” Within a week the state of California fixed the problem enabling Taiwanese Americans to list their country of birth as “Taiwan”.

Before that, in 1994, Rep. Berman was the primary force behind legislation allowing for Taiwanese Americans to list “Taiwan” in their American passports instead of “China.”

FAPA President Mark Kao says: “We Taiwanese Americans are very grateful to Congressman Berman for carrying the flag with respect to Taiwan’s name rectification. Taiwan is Taiwan. And Taiwan’s sovereignty is not an issue with which one can play politics.”

Kao continues: “Certain departments within DHS indeed refer to Taiwan as ‘Taiwan’ – others don’t.  We urge the DHS to be consistent and refer to Taiwan simply as ‘Taiwan’ in all their systems. After all, this is in line with the DHS’s own guidelines.”


美國眾議院外交事務委員會副主席加州民主黨眾議員柏曼議員(Howard Berman, D-CA)於6月19日致函國土安全部部長拿波莉塔諾(Janet Napolitano)呼籲該部更改I-94入境卡上將台灣列為「中國台灣」之錯誤名稱。






Rep. Berman’s Letter

The Honorable Janet Napolitano
Secretary of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528

Dear Secretary Napolitano,

I am writing to express my concern regarding the characterization of Taiwan on the I-94 nonimmigrant arrival-departure form and in the Global Entry Program.

It has recently come to my attention that when Taiwanese citizens enter the United States, the I-94 documents they are issued by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) lists their country of citizenship as “China (Taiwan).”  Similarly, in the application process for CBP’s Global Entry Program, the CBP system refers to Taiwan as “Taiwan, Province of China.”

It has been a long-standing U.S. policy that the U.S. government refers to Taiwan as “Taiwan.”  This designation is employed by the Department of State, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.  I would respectfully request that the Department of Homeland Security, and all of its constituent agencies, adopt the same terminology.

Many Taiwanese citizens travel across our borders every day. These individuals should not be required to sign their name under an inaccurate statement in an official government document.  I appreciate your timely consideration of this matter and for your prompt efforts to correct this error.


Ranking Member

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