‘60 Minutes’ 13-Minute Segment on Surge of Chinese Illegals Spends Zero Seconds on the Threat

Craig Bannister | February 5, 2024
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On Sunday, “60 Minutes” reported that Chinese nationals are the “fastest-growing group” of illegal immigrants into the U.S. But, without devoting a single second to the threat posed by the illegal arrivals from a hostile communist regime, it blamed “tensions” with the U.S. for making it more difficult to enter legally.

The segment features Correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi reporting from a popular gap in the California border, through which illegal aliens are able to easily enter the country without confrontation.

Not once in her 13-minute segment does Alfonsi mention the possibility that any of the illegal immigrants from Communist China may be seeking to do us harm. Instead, she fawns over the Chinese nationals illegally breaking into the U.S., portraying them as “middle-class” bankers, business owners and job-seekers pursuing “freedom.”

“Oh, my goodness,” Alfonsi exclaimed, when one of the Chinese illegals said she was a teacher.

“Many of the migrants told us they made the journey to escape China's increasingly repressive political climate and sluggish economy,” Alfonsi said.

One reason the Chinese are entering the U.S. illegally is that the U.S. is granting fewer visas, due to “tensions between the two countries,” Alfonsi says – failing to mention that the U.S. has tightened its visa policy in an effort to protect itself from the growing threat of Chinese spying, hacking, fentanyl facilitation, etc.:

“For years, millions of Chinese entered the U.S. with a visa that allowed them to visit, work, or study.

“But, in the last few years, those visas have been increasingly difficult to secure, as tensions between the two countries have grown.

“In 2016, the U.S. granted 2.2 million temporary visas to Chinese nationals. In 2022, it was just 160,000.”

“It only takes one terrorist“ and Pres. Xi Jinping of China would “happily and enthusiastically“ exploit Pres. Biden’s catch-and-release policies, “to bring pain and terror to the American people,“ Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) warned in a recent Senate speech, noting that U.S. Border Patrol apprehended more Chinese migrants in Fiscal Year 2023 than it did in the previous ten years - combined.

It’s easier to simply enter the U.S. illegally, especially since Chinese nationals are three times more likely to be granted asylum, than are illegal immigrants from other countries, Alfonsi said:

“According to the Department of Justice, last year, 55% of Chinese migrants were granted asylum, compared to 14% for every other nationality. With the odds in their favor and a phone to guide them, there's little to discourage more Chinese migrants from coming through the gap near Jerry Schuster's place.”

And, even if they’re apprehended trying to break into the U.S, the Chinese nationals will be back on the streets within 72 hours, Alfonsi noted:

“Typically, within 72 hours, they are released into the United States and can begin the process of filing an asylum claim.”

“What do some migrants do after being released by border patrol? They call an Uber and they're gone,” the segment ended, teasing another immigration story.