24,048 Chinese Illegals In; GOP Chairman Warns Many Are ‘Terrorists’

GOP Chair Warns Many Are 'Terrorists'

Chinese migrants line up to take a boat to Lajas Blancas after walking across the Darien Gap in Bajo Chiquito, Panama, Sunday, May 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Republican lawmakers and a former immigration official are sounding a new alarm about the national security threats facing the U.S. at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I think every American should be scared to death. Not only is it the terrorist threat, we’ve had almost 400 [suspected terrorists] in this presidency where there were 11 last time, but its the 24,000 Chinese nationals who came in last year, 20,000 Since October 1, the highest year. Before that was 1800,” said Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, during a discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday about illegal immigrant encounters at the border.

“You don’t leave China with the social credit score system unless the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] knows about it. They’re flying to South America and Central America and they’re coming up here; they’re paying $60,000 to the cartels, which is enriching the cartels, terrible organizations, they’re subhuman. And we’re basically feeding them money and letting these individuals come into the United States,” he added.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection data shows that 24,048 Chinese citizens were encountered at the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2023, which ended in September. According to press reports, that figure is more than 12 times the total from the fiscal year 2022.