There has been significant concern about the People’s Republic of China (PRC) committing espionage and using balloons for reconnaissance of sensitive US nuclear sites. Still, it seems the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) is tilting at windmills with the administration’s open invitation to cross the US southern border. Chinese illegals are part of the unimpeded flow through America’s wide-open gate to illegals. Biden’s open border policy raises the question, why should American taxpayers be stuck with the bill for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s tireless efforts to protect America’s secrets or national sovereignty? The work of the FBI and CBP has become an exercise in futility.
No one seriously argues Beijing isn’t doing everything it can to penetrate US sensitive information facilities and to corrupt US citizens, whether military bases, where Chinese nationals just wander on site, or the nation’s research laboratories. With totally lax border security, the Biden administration has signaled that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) can send its agents over the US southern border with relative impunity.
A Porous Border Is an Open Invitation to China
Rather than cultivate, groom, and pay naturalized Chinese already in the US, China realizes it need only dispatch trained agents over the porous borders with Mexico and Canada. “There have been numerous documented instances of Chinese nationals, at the direction of the Chinese Communist Party, engaging in espionage, stealing military and economic secrets,” Thomas Duesterberg, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, told the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
The flood of Chinese nationals across America’s border, though evidently not a priority for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has gotten the attention of numerous Republican senators. The alarming situation was addressed in a recent letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas from Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS), co-signed by Senators Mike Braun(R-IN), Pete Ricketts (R-NE), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Thom Tillis (R-NC):
“We write to you with concern that over 18,000 Chinese nationals have illegally crossed the southern border in Fiscal Year 2023, with some of these individuals having ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). July set the record for nationwide encounters with Chinese nationals with just over 6,100. 94.8 percent of Chinese national encounters in FY23 have been single adults.”
The letter included 12 probing queries to shed light on the influx of illegal aliens from the PRC. Typical of the questions GOP senators want answers to are the following five:
- “How does Customs and Border Protection identify the nationality of those from China and whether or not they have ties to the CCP or PLA (People’s Liberation Army)?”
- “Has CBP identified any Chinese nationals apprehended at the border who are on the Terrorist Screening Database?
- “Where have Chinese nationals apprehended at the border been released into the United States?”
- “How does DHS determine where to release these individuals?”
- “How many Chinese nationals has the department released into the US?”
The nature of the questions raises serious issues. What the letter doesn’t address, which makes the US border situation more dire, however, is that the senators talk only about the Chinese nationals encountered.
China Is the Border Threat
The information requested deals with Chinese nationals encountered at the borders, not the potentially thousands of CCP operatives who were never apprehended. In Liberty Nation’s report, “Is Biden’s Lax Border Policy a Threat Greater Than China,” we learned that border policy, or the lack of one, is a national security threat. But an open US border is, indeed, a Chinese threat. Secretary Mayorkas’ utter failure to secure America’s borders has garnered him a congressional pen pal on the House side who is not amused.
To ferret out just how porous the border sieve is, Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ), a member of the National Security, The Border, And Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, sent a no-nonsense letter to Secretary Mayorkas. In his correspondence, Biggs put the national security threat in stark terms with alarming statistics. “It is reported that approximately 1.6 million illegal aliens have entered the United States as ‘gotaways’ since January 2021, including roughly 675,000 this fiscal year. But sources along the border, including agents, sheriffs, and local officials, indicate the estimated ‘gotaway’ number is significantly higher,” Biggs wrote.
So, Americans know a near-deluge of Chinese illegals flows across the southern US border. Also known is that an enormous percentage of the flood of illegals are not apprehended. What is not known is how many of the “gotaways” are from the PRC and are now in the US and up to no good. The seriousness of the situation as a national security threat cannot be overstated.