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More And More Chinese Begin Fleeing Post-Covid China

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Everyone, including several Democratic leaders, have come to realize that Joe Biden’s pretend-to-care-but-don’t-really open borders policy has national security implications. 

Government data has revealed that over the past year, the Department of Homeland Security has caught over 24,000 Chinese citizens crossing into the United States from Mexico. Despite the long distances traveled, and challenges of the journey. This number surpasses the total number of apprehensions in the previous decade significantly.

They typically fly into Ecuador, where they do not need a visa. Then, like hundreds of thousands of other migrants from Central and South America and more distant locations, they pay smugglers to guide their travel through the dangerous jungle between Colombia and Panama en route to the United States. Once there, they turn themselves in to border officials and many seek asylum, writes The New York Times.

And most succeed, in turn fueling further attempts. Chinese citizens are more successful than people from other countries with their asylum claims in immigration court. And those who are not end up staying anyway because China usually will not take them back.

In the polarizing debate over immigration, it is a little-discussed wrinkle in the U.S. system: American officials cannot force countries to take back their own citizens. For the most part, this is not an issue. But about a dozen countries are not terribly cooperative, and China is the worst offender.

Of the 1.3 million people in the United States with final orders to be deported, about 100,000 are Chinese, according to an administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the internal data.

Those migrating from the communist nation form a part of a larger movement of people who, discontented with stringent measures linked to the COVID-19 pandemic and dissatisfied with the policies of Xi Jinping’s authoritative government, have decided to do everything they can to chase freedom. This trend has seen Chinese citizens pursuing refuge in countries such as Japan, Europe, and the United States.

“The largest reason for me is the political environment,” Mark Xu, 35, a Chinese elementary and middle school English teacher, told The New York Times. He added that China was so stifling that it had become “difficult to breathe.”

Experts have said that the migration reveals a weakening of the Chinese Communist Party. “This wave of emigration reflects despair toward China,” Cai Xia, editor-in-chief of the online commentary site of Yibao and a former professor at the Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing told Time.

“They’ve lost hope for the future of the country. You see among them the educated and the uneducated, white-collar workers, as well as small business owners, and those from well-off families.”

The desperation to flee communism pairs perfectly with President Biden’s complete neglect of enforcing border policy. Things have become so chaotic under this administration that the northern border has become almost as porous as the southern border. 

NBC News reported that “the number of people seeking asylum at the United States-Canada border or trying to cross into America has increased in the last year, which experts say is part of the larger global migration patterns they’re seeing.

U.S. authorities have repeatedly warned of the perils of crossing the northern border, especially in the winter months when temperatures can drop below zero and storms can aggravate the conditions.

‘It’s extremely dangerous with the cold weather, the cold water,’ Brady Waikel, in charge of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection station in Niagara Falls, told WIVB-TV of Buffalo.”

According to the latest data from CBP, there were 189,402 encounters at the northern border during the fiscal year of 2023.

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