Border Patrol Buses In America’s Latest Load of Chinese Imports
Flouting a recent court ruling, Border Patrol agents in Brownsville, Texas, are releasing busloads of Chinese nationals into the U.S. amid a massive surge of migrants from the communist country.
Officials say the southern border has seen a more than 900 percent increase in Chinese nationals since last year. There were 1,368 encounters of Chinese migrants in February versus just 55 during February 2022.
In fiscal year 2021, there were 450 encounters of Chinese nationals at the border; in fiscal year 2022, there were 1,176. Since October – just five months into this fiscal year — the number has ballooned to 4,366.
As the Brownsville busing program shows, “encounters” do not necessarily result in deportation. Quite the opposite, actually.
Chinese migrants, some of whom entered the Americas through Ecuador, reportedly are paying cartels $35,000 and up to cross into the U.S. One New York-bound migrant said he left China because of his country’s strict COVID-19 policies.
Gordon Chang, author of several books critical of the Beijing government, suspects more sinister motives in this high-end migration. “We have to assume that the Chinese regime is taking advantage of the situation by smuggling in their agents,” he says.
Before being loaded onto buses in Brownsville, the Chinese nationals were handed Notices to Appear (NTAs) in immigration court at some future date. With dockets bulging, such cases can take four to seven years to resolve, assuming the noticed aliens care to show up.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sources said the migrants were released because there are so many crossing and no space to house them.
But the busing of these Chinese nationals appears to directly violate a recent federal court ruling, and U.S. immigration law, requiring detention of illegal aliens. Justice Department lawyers did not contest District Judge T. Kent Wetherell’s ruling, but the Brownsville incident shows how wholesale releases go on as usual.
An hour northwest of Brownsville, in McAllen, Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz contradicted Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by admitting the obvious last week. He testified at a congressional committee field hearing that the U.S. does not have operational control of its southern border.
Ortiz also openly disagreed with the Biden administration halting border wall construction, and asserted that more security infrastructure is needed to help Border Patrol agents do their job.
That job does not involve summarily shipping illegal Chinese aliens into the interior of this country with flimsy slips of paper that may never see the light of day.