Record Set For Chinese Nationals Crossing US Southern Border

Another dubious record has been set at the U.S. southern border with Mexico: The number of Chinese nationals crossing into America has reached a new high.

Data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows that in November, there were 4,767 encounters with Border Patrol agents and migrants coming from China trying to enter the U.S. illegally. That was more encounters than happened for every year between 2007 and 2019, according to the CBP data.

In the 2021 fiscal year, Border Patrol had 323 encounters with Chinese migrants attempting to cross into the U.S. illegally. That rose to 1,970 in fiscal year 2022.

This year, those numbers exploded — all the way to 24,000 encounters.

This is a major concern, as many lawmakers worry that a good number of these migrants have ties to the People’s Liberation Army in China as well as the Chinese Communist Party.
In June, Rep. Mark Green (R-TN), the chair of the Homeland Security Committee in the House, expressed his worries about the troubling trend.

“In terms of the verification that the individuals released into the United States have ties to the PLA came from a sector chief, and I’ll leave it with that at this point,” he said.

Gordan Chang, an expert on Chinese relations, expressed his fears about Chinese migrants to the Daily Caller News Foundation, saying his first thought was that they were either security agents or military members who were “coming to this country to commit acts of sabotage against the U.S.”

While a majority of the migrants who have flocked to the U.S. southern border have come from Ecuador, Venezuela and Haiti — all fleeing a crisis in their home country — Chinese nationals now account for the fourth-largest group of people trying to get to America.

The New York Times reported last month that the Chinese nationals make their trek by first flying to Turkey and then Ecuador, before making their final trip to the U.S.

All of this has become a major problem for President Joe Biden, who is trying to rebuild his reputation as a solid leader heading into the 2024 presidential election.