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Only 288 Chinese citizens were deported from the United States during the 2023 fiscal year despite border authorities encountering more than 24,000 in the same time frame – according to a December report – as concerns have increased over a sudden influx of Chinese migrants at a key border sector. 

More than 21,000 Chinese citizens have already been apprehended in the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector alone during the 2024 fiscal year.

A New York Times report last year revealed there were more than 100,000 Chinese nationals in the U.S. with final orders of removal that had not been deported. 

The low number of removals highlights the difficulty of deporting Chinese citizens to their home country. China has generally been uncooperative, sometimes refusing to accept its citizens back. 

CHINESE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ON PACE TO BREAK RECORDS AT US SOUTHERN BORDER

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data obtained by Fox News shows that Chinese nationals are the second-largest nationality encountered at the border in the San Diego Sector since the fiscal year began in October.

Many have crossed into the U.S. in places like Jacumba, a small town about 60 miles east of San Diego. 

CHINESE MIGRANTS POURING ACROSS SOUTHERN BORDER SPARK NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS

Migrants in California near the border

The number of Chinese nationals crossing through the San Diego Sector is second only to Colombia (28,000). Third is Mexican nationals with 18,700, followed by Brazil (8,700) and Ecuador (7,700). Other countries of origin include Turkey, Guinea, India, Guatemala and Peru.

The number of Chinese migrants appearing at the southern border has been increasing since fiscal 2021. In fiscal 2022, numbers increased to more than 2,000 border-wide. In fiscal 2023, that number then surged to more than 24,314.

7.2 ILLEGALS ENTEREDTHE US UNDER BIDEN ADMIN, AN AMOUNT GREATER THAN POPULATION OF 36 STATES

The influx has raised concerns from lawmakers and border authorities because of China’s espionage efforts as well as being an adversary of the U.S.

“That is a very scary prospect. We know that China does not like us, we know that we are in the crosshairs of China,” Brandon Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council, told Fox News last week.

Chinese migrants border

In its fiscal year 2023 report, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) noted that there were 44 deportations to Afghanistan, despite the country being ruled by the Taliban, six to Syria, two to North Korea and 18 to Iran. 

Overall, more than 140,000 illegal immigrants have been encountered in the San Diego sector since October.

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