By KANIS LEUNG and JOHNSON LAI
HONG KONG (AP) — As Taiwan’s presidential election approaches, many immigrants from Hong Kong are supporting the governing Democratic Progressive Party after witnessing the alarming erosion of civil liberties at home. Beijing’s crackdown on dissent in the financial hub has cemented their preference for a party committed to preserving Taiwan’s de facto independence and democratic values ahead of Saturday’s vote. The influence of Hong Kongers on the election outcome is likely to be limited as they make up a small percentage of the electorate. But some are actively engaged in Taiwan’s political landscape, drawing attention to immigration policies that have been less welcoming than anticipated.