According to data from Customs and Border Protection, the influx of Chinese nationals crossing the southern border continued during the month of April, the Daily Caller reported.
In the month of April, Border Patrol encountered more than 3,100 Chinese nationals at the southern border. Since the start of the fiscal year in October 2022, Border Patrol has encountered a total of 9,711 Chinese nationals at the border, a 393 percent increase in crossings compared to all of fiscal year 2022.
According to China expert Gordan Chang, young Chinese are fleeing China due to “extreme pessimism” over their country’s future, and the number of Chinese crossing the border suggests that things in China will get worse.
Most of the Chinese nationals who have crossed the border are single adults, according to Customs and Border Protection data. And according to Chang, some of those crossing the border may be nefarious actors.
Chang told the Daily Caller that on seeing the data, he first suspected that the surge in Chinese nationals could include members of the Chinese military or Ministry of State Security agents who are entering the United States to commit “acts of sabotage.”
In March, Customs and Border Protection sent an internal memo warning of the surge in Chinese nationals crossing the border, particularly in Yuma and the Rio Grande Sector in Texas.
According to the memo, the Chinese nationals are traveling to the United States via Istanbul where they obtain Mexican visas. They then travel to Mexico City posing as couples. Once there, they split up and make their way to border towns. They claim to be fleeing China over religious persecution, Customs and Border Protection said.
These Chinese illegals pay smugglers anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000 to make the journey to the border, a Border Patrol agent told the Daily Caller. When apprehended, most of them are carrying thousands in US dollars, the agent said.