Sharp Increase in Chinese Nationals Stopped by Border Guards

At the end of February, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported a dramatic increase in Chinese nationals apprehended at the southern border. 

According to data published in part of CBP’s monthly operational update, Border agents stopped 4,366 illegal immigrants from China along the southwestern U.S. border during the first five months of the current fiscal year.  

In the Texas sectors alone, 1,136 Chinese nationals were stopped by border guards. By last fiscal year, there had only been 421 southwest encounters with Chinese nationals and 175 in Texas sectors. 

The number of Chinese nationals stopped by border guards is still small compared to the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants encountered monthly. Although, the U.S. government is prosecuting Chinese nationals for espionage during the increase. 

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