All the statistics at President Biden’s southern border continue to move in the wrong direction.
“We’ve encountered over 170 terrorists on the terrorist watch list in the past year. In the past two years, thousands of people on the alien watch list as well, 2,000 Chinese nationals on this watch list have crossed the border as well,” Kansas Republican Sen. Roger Marshall said during a recent Fox News interview.
Alarming statistics to be sure —but how high are they really?
According to The New York Post, “Customs and Border Protection officials apprehended 24,048 Chinese citizens at the border with Mexico over the 2023 fiscal year ending in September — more than 12 times the 1,970 arrests in the previous fiscal year.”
“It is also a more than 7,000% increase from 2021, when just 323 Chinese nationals crossed the border during strict pandemic travel bans and lockdowns.”
We’d have to be naive to think China isn’t looking at the wide-open border as an opportunity.
“Clearly that border is a big opportunity,” Rebecca Grant, a national security analyst at IRIS Independent Research, recently told Newsweek.
“Some of those people want to come here and have a better way of life, but I think some of those Chinese [nationals] quite possibly are here to spy and report back at a minimum,” she warned.
Grant says she is “99% certain that at least a little bit of this is [the] Chinese military infiltrating for reasons harmful to our national security.”
“Is it one person, is it a hundred, is it a thousand — we don’t know, but the fact that we have to ask this question is outrageous,” Grant told the outlet. “We know that China is using everything that they have, every bit of espionage, to spy on our military and our high technology.”
And what does the Biden Administration do with all these high-risk migrants? That’s where it gets a little unclear. According to Sen. Marshall, the DHS is less than forthcoming.
“All we’re asking DHS to do is tell us where these people are, who they are, what they’re doing, are they still in the country, were they caught and released? We don’t want to be asleep at the wheel like Israel was when Hamas attacked Israel,” he said.