Chinese Nationals Crossing US Border Causes National Security Concerns

The number of Chinese nationals entering the U.S. at the southern border has reached a record high, causing national security concerns over possible spies.

Customs and Border Protection officials apprehended 24,000 Chinese citizens at the border with Mexico over the 2023 fiscal year ending in September, more than 12 times the 1,900 arrests in the previous fiscal year. This week alone, approximately 300 Chinese nationals crossed the southern border.

It is also a more than 7,000% increase from 2021 when just 320 Chinese nationals crossed the border during strict pandemic travel bans and lockdowns.

The invasion further highlights how illegal immigrants worldwide are aware of the disastrous controls at the U.S. border while also increasing fears of possible Chinese spies sneaking in while hiding with regular migrants.

‚ÄúClearly, that border is a big opportunity. 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, ‚ÄĚ Rebecca Grant, a national security analyst at IRIS Independent Research, warned in October.

Grant said she is 99% certain that at least some of them are the Chinese military infiltrating for reasons harmful to our national security.

‚ÄúIs it one person, a hundred, or a thousand? We don‚Äôt know, but the fact that we have to ask this question is outrageous,‚ÄĚ she added.

Rep. Mark Green (R-TN), the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, sounded the alarm on the wave of Chinese migrants entering the United States in June. He stated that a majority are military-age men with known ties to the Chinese Communist Party and People’s Liberation Army.

Those familiar with the new Chinese migrants, however, say they are trying to flee an oppressive Communist regime that has become even more restrictive since the global pandemic.

An immigration watchdog group recently estimated that there are nearly 17 million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States and that the number has increased by 16% since President Biden took office in early 2021.