As the border crisis continues to spiral, Border Patrol officers are reporting a spike in the number of Chinese migrants apprehended while trying to enter the U.S. illegally, underscoring the threat to national security posed by President Biden’s open borders policy.
Since October 1, around 16,000 Chinese nationals have been detained by Border Patrol agents after illegally crossing the border at various ports of entry. They report that nearly 10,000 such migrants were apprehended in October and November, which means that roughly 6,000 have been arrested since December.
This does not include the 40 illegal migrants who were recently detained by Mexican authorities while on their way to the U.S. by bus in southern Mexico, nor does it include the 180 migrants they apprehended the same day coming from Central and South America toward the United States.
The problem has grown so dramatically that the mainstream media can no longer ignore it, with the New York Times and CNN recently reporting on the problem. An in-depth report by CNN revealed that more than 31,000 Chinese citizens had been apprehended by authorities crossing illegally into America from Mexico during the first 11 months of 2023, which is a notable rise over the average of just 1,500 per year during the previous decade.
Although Chinese president Xi Jinping has claimed that China is in the midst of a “national rejuvenation,” many of those fleeing the country have said they are struggling to survive. Many people there have been left without work after three years of pandemic-related lockdowns and other restrictions, and the rebound many hoped would be seen when restrictions eased never materialized. Meanwhile, the Communist party’s control over every aspect of their lives has led to widespread misery. Crackdowns on free speech and religion is also playing a role, with some Chinese migrants telling CNN that they left for the simple reason that they are Christians.
Chinese nationals becoming the quickest-growing group making border crossings
An analysis by the news outlet indicated that Chinese people are poised to become the quickest-growing group of individuals making border crossings, and the network helping them make their journey to the U.S. has been growing.
Many of them are reportedly beginning their migration in Quito, Ecuador, which has seen a sharp rise in the number of Chinese nationals entering the country. While 13,000 of them entered Ecuador in 2022, 2023 saw more than 45,000 Chinese nationals entering in just the first 11 months of the year.
Numerous businesses are helping them make their journey, offering everything from pickups at the airport to stays in Chinese-run hostels for those who can afford their high price. People with Chinese signs offering help reaching the Colombian border are waiting outside bus stations there, while shops are selling the gear they need to make their trek through the jungle, and groups are handing out maps and instructions in Chinese explaining how to reach the United States.
Vetting process reduced from 40 to 5 questions
This week, the Daily Caller published an internal email from U.S. Customs and Border Protection that instructed officials to reduce the number of questions Chinese migrants are asked in interviews after being apprehended for illegally crossing into the U.S. from a list of 40 questions to just five. This essentially fast-tracks their release into the U.S. while preventing agents from performing due diligence in determining national security threats.
After reviewing the email, a retired CBP deputy patrol agent in charge, J.J. Carrell, told the publication: “I believe the government recognizes the threat of Chinese soldiers and spies that are pouring into America, and they want to try and identify these individuals. However, the same government does not want to stop the flow of illegal aliens or Chinese nationals — just the ‘bad ones,’ which is impossible.”
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