Chinese Nationals Fastest Growing Demographic Crossing Southern Border

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sources say that 269 Chinese nationals illegally crossed the southern border in a single day earlier this week.

Compared to other numbers that have come out recently concerning illegal immigrant crossings at the southern border, 269 in one day seems small. To put that number into context, however, there were only 450 total encounters between CBP officials and Chinese nationals at the southern border in all of fiscal year 2021.

Yahoo News reports, “According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), since October 2023, almost 16,000 Chinese migrants have attempted to cross the U.S.-Mexico border — more than doubling the previous fiscal year’s total number of Chinese migrants in a matter of months.”

“These unprecedented numbers are making Chinese nationals the fastest growing population to cross into the U.S. from Mexico,” the report continued.

The increased number of Chinese nationals entering the country has raised red flags for many Americans. The main concern is the potential link between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the illegal immigrants crossing the border.

“That is a very scary prospect, we know that China does not like us, we know that we are in the crosshairs of China…And they are exporting so many people to our country, and you have to really fear about that,” said Brandon Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC).

When asked, the illegal immigrants say they are leaving China for the U.S. due to economic struggles as well as strict lockdowns and restrictions due to COVID.

“The unemployment rate is very high. People cannot find work,” Xi Yan, a Chinese writer, told the AP. “For small business owners, they cannot sustain their businesses.”

Yahoo News reports that the unemployment rate in China for 16-to-24-year-olds in China is just over 21% which is leading to an influx of younger Chinese nationals.

Xi Yan and her family are in the U.S. now after being granted asylum. According to the AP, Chinese asylum seekers saw an approval rate of 33% in 2022.