Surge of Chinese immigrants crossing border triggers national security concerns

The number of Chinese citizens coming across the southern border from Mexico has skyrocketed to the fastest-growing demographic of illegal immigrants in recent months, triggering serious concerns among lawmakers in Washington.

Tens of thousands of Chinese immigrants have been arrested by Border Patrol agents over the past year, far beyond the hundreds to a couple of thousand seen in recent history preceding the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Customs and Border Protection data. In 2022, fewer than 2,000 Chinese people were stopped at the southern boundary.

In the first half of fiscal 2024 (from October 2023 to March 2024), Border Patrol agents on the U.S.-Mexico border caught 24,214 Chinese illegal immigrants who had come into the country by walking through unfenced areas. The figure is more than
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