According to data issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on February 10, there have been 2,999 Chinese nationals apprehended at the southern border in the fiscal year 2023, a 719 percent increase year over year.
The sum is also more than the 2,176 reported over the fiscal year 2022 (between October 1, 2021, and September 30, 2022). The Department of Homeland Security reports that CBP encounter data contains information about illegal aliens caught under Title 8 immigration legislation, “inadmissible” captured under Title 8, and noncitizens processed for deportation under Title 42.
Border Patrol authorities had apprehended three hundred sixty-six Chinese nationals by this time last year. However, on a national scale, the increase from last year to this is less stark, with 10,587 interactions recorded this fiscal year compared to 9,707. However, since October 2022, national totals have been rising steadily, which has alarmed several current and past authorities.
Former CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan said at a press conference on February 9 that they were apprehending Chinese nationals. Morgan added that they were not checking their history or getting their background information (as one would expect) before releasing them.
Earlier this month, the United States detected and shot down a Chinese surveillance balloon off the coast of South Carolina, which led to heightened tensions between the two countries. Over the weekend, the United States military shot down more UFOs in Alaska, Canada, and the Great Lakes region.
On February 9, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) tweeted that the Chinese government was eavesdropping from above. Chinese-made fentanyl is a national crisis that has affected every city and town in the United States. The number of Chinese nationals crossing the southern border illegally is rising. McCarthy stated that he formed a select committee on China to address these issues head-on.
On February 10, Acting Commissioner Troy Miller reported that between ports of entry at the southern border, illegal immigrants of all nationalities interacted with each other 42 percent less in January, despite an increase in unlawful entries by Chinese nationals.
According to Miller’s statement, they see the lowest number of Border Patrol interactions between Ports of Entry since February 2021. Miller believes this is because the new border enforcement tactics have the desired effect. The decreasing frequency with which Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans are encountered has persisted into February. Declining to a record low of 156,274 in January from a record high of 251,978 in December.
According to CBP, the decrease is due to the dubious “success” of President Joe Biden’s recently announced immigration measures, such as the expansion of a parole program that allows illegal immigrants from Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti, and Nicaragua to work and live in the United States after being sponsored by a U.S. citizen. However, others have argued that the policy amounts to amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stated last month that this unconstitutional amnesty scheme, which would allow hundreds of thousands of immigrants into the U.S. every year, will only make this immigration catastrophe substantially worse. A lawsuit contesting the constitutionality of the measure has been launched by the Republican and 19 other attorneys general against the Biden administration.
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