U.S. Customs and Border Protection data shows an alarming increase in the number of illegal Chinese migrants encountered at the U.S.-Mexico border since October 2022.
The total number of encounters for fiscal year 2023 thus far is 17,984 – a staggering 826% higher than the 2,176 registered in all of fiscal year 2022.
With two months still remaining in FY2023, this troubling trend appears to be continuing unabated.
There were only 450 encounters in 2021.
In late March 2023, the Daily Caller reported on an internal alert by CBP warning of a concerning surge of illegal Chinese migration at the border.
According to the alert, there have been identified routes used for human smuggling and indications that Chinese nationals are fleeing their country due to increased religious persecution.
In late March 2023, the Daily Caller reported on an internal alert issued by the Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) warning of an influx of illegal Chinese migrants at the border.
According to the report, CBP had identified specific routes used by human smugglers for transporting Chinese nationals fleeing religious persecution in their home country.
The alert highlighted the need for increased border security measures in order to prevent such illegal migration.
“According to CBP, custodial interviews indicate that Chinese citizens are requesting asylum claiming religious persecution by the Chinese Government due to their Christian faith. Additionally, Chinese nationals reportedly make their own smuggling arrangements for most of their journey, only utilizing elements of smuggling networks to cross the border,” the memo stated.
“The loosened COVID protocols in China have allowed Chinese nationals to flee repressive rule in China and begin their journey to the United States seeking better living conditions,” the memo also said.
The report claimed that the Chinese migrants will pay between $15,000 and $30,000 to smugglers to reach the United States. They have also reportedly been found with large sums of money.
Recent reports indicate that Chinese operatives have infiltrated the personal emails of Congressman Don Bacon and his campaign, as well as military bases in Guam.
These alleged cyber espionage campaigns constitute a serious security threat to the United States, and have prompted Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to embark on a diplomatic trip to China in an attempt to repair American-Chinese relations.
Although details of the trip remain unclear, some sources suggest that Secretary Yellen partook in hallucinogenic mushrooms while visiting China.