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More Chinese migrants now crossing San Diego border than Mexican nationals: report

The number of Chinese nationals crossing the besieged southern border near San Diego has now eclipsed the number of Mexicans crossing, new Customs and Border Protection data shows.

Border agents haveencountered 21,000 Chinese nationals illegally entering the USin the San Diego sector since October, compared to18,700 Mexican nationals,according toinformationobtained by Fox News.

The number of Chinese nationals crossing into San Diego was only second to the number of Colombians.

The data suggests that the worrying trend of Chinese citizens entering the United States illegally will only grow in 2024.

Over the 2023 fiscal year, which ended in September, CBP officialsapprehended24,048 Chinese migrants at the US-Mexico border a record high. Apprehensions 3 The number of Chinese nationals crossing the southern border near San Diego has exceeded the number of Mexicans doing the same, new Customs and Border Protection data shows. James Keivom

That was up more than ten times from the 1,970 arrests recorded in 2022 and a more than 7,000% increase from 2021 when just 323 Chinese nationals crossed the border during strict pandemic travel bans and lockdowns.

The influx has sparked national security concerns over possible spies.

Some of those people want to come here and have a better way of life, but I think some of those Chinese [nationals] quite possibly are here to spy and report back at a minimum,Rebecca Grant, a national security analyst at IRIS Independent Research,previously warned to Newsweek.

Grant said she is 99% certain that at least a little bit of this is [the] Chinese military infiltrating for reasons harmful to our national security.”
3 Since the fiscal year began in October, border agents have encountered 21,000 Chinese nationals in the San Diego sector, according to obtained by Fox News. James Keivom

Brandon Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council which represents all rank-and-file Border Patrol agents nationwide also noted that the majority of the Chinese migrants are single adults of military age.

That is a very scary prospect, hepreviously told Fox.

We know that China does not like us, we know that we are in the crosshairs of China.

Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.), the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee,firstsounded the alarm on the wave of Chinese migrants entering the United States in June claiming that a majority are military-age men with known ties to the Chinese Communist Party and Peoples Liberation Army. 3 During the same time period, border agents only encountered 18,700 Mexicans trying to cross the border into the United States in the region. James Keivom

That same month, Gloria Chaves, the chief patrol agent for the Rio Grande Valley Sector, told the Homeland Security Committee in a private hearing that the massive surge in Chinese migrants forced her agents to enlist a translation service,according to the Daily Mail,which was given transcripts of the interviews.

In September, Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Good of the El Paso sector also told the committee in a private hearing that his agents were trying their best to figure out why the wave of Chinese nationals are coming in, but said information can be hidden and their agendas, their ideologies, the reason for them coming, could be missed,” the outlet reported.

The committees Republican chair, Rep, Mark Green, said the surge is a massive national security concern.

He said agents were being overwhelmed by the wave of Chinese nationals being released into the interior with little consideration for their country of origin, and blamed Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas for making it clear to the entire world that our borders are open, the Mail reported.

While it is true that some individuals may be seeking relief from authoritarian regimes, there is no way for our brave men and women on the frontlines of the crisis to adequately vet all of them before being effectively forced to release them particularly when countries like China wont allow us access to their various law enforcement databases.

The Post has reached out to Customs and Border Patrol for comment.

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