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Ma's green card issue 'closed': U.S. State Department
Central News Agency
2014-05-16 10:30 AM
Washington, May 15 (CNA) The United States government confirmed Thursday that Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou lost his U.S. permanent residency a "long" time ago, lending support to Ma and his office over allegations he still holds a green card. "The United States has long recognized President Ma Ying-jeou's abandonment of U.S. legal permanent residence status. That matter is closed," a U.S. State Department official said in response to reporters' question on the issue. Allegations that Ma still holds a valid green card first emerged during the run-up to his 2008 presidential campaign. The issue sparked renewed interest this week after Taipei-based Next magazine reported that Ma is obligated to pay U.S. taxes once the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act goes into effect in July because of the green card he received when studying and working in the United States in the 1970s and early 1980s. On Thursday, the Presidential Office produced a letter signed by American Institute in Taiwan Managing Director Joseph R. Donovan Jr. which confirmed "President Ma Ying-jeou's abandonment of his former legal status." The move has "long been included in appropriate U.S. immigration system records," Donovan wrote, adding that "this issue is therefore closed." (By Tony Liao and Y.F. Low)
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