While the vast majority of illegal aliens crossing the Southwest U.S. border in droves hail from Central American countries like Guatemala and Honduras, the uptick in unlawful migrants from other nations is just as alarming - and the latest numbers bear it out.
According to this, there’s been an increase of more than 820% of illegal aliens from China coming across the Southwest U.S. border in the past fiscal year, in numbers that blow previous years completely out of the water. U.S. Customs and Border Protection data shows that border agents encountered 17,984 Chinese migrants between October 1, 2022 and July 31, 2023.
Comparitively, only 2,176 Chinese migrants were apprehended at the border during all of fiscal year 2022, marking an increase of about 826% year-over-year.
But while the increase is exponential, it didn’t start in 2022. Only 450 Chinese migrants were apprehended at the border in FY2021, roughly one-fifth of those caught in FY2022.
Reports sounding the alarm over the uptick in unlawful Chinese migration into the U.S. earlier in the year credited relaxed COVID protocols both in China and the U.S. for facilitating the increase in illegal aliens making the journey from mainland China through Central America and into states like Texas and Arizona. Migrants, some of whom spend upwards of $30,000 to make the journey, often say they’re fleeing political and religious persecution, leading to high rates of admission into the U.S. once they reach the border.
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