Shocking images and videos taken in California this weekend show dozens of Chinese immigrants arriving in the border town of Jacumba and brazenly telling reporters that they are here to “take the money.”
Video of the migrants shows dozens and dozens, possibly hundreds of migrants, crossing the international border near Jacumba, California, according to images taken by Fox News’ Griff Jenkins.
“This is one of the largest groups of Chinese I have ever met and there were two groups at the same time crossing in Jacumba, California,” the correspondent tweeted last week.
Two large groups of migrants, a new phenomenon seen at the border, arrived in Jacumba, California, on February 15, as witnessed by Fox News.
Dozens of Chinese immigrants showed up at the same time, as there has recently been a surge of immigrants from China arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
More than 150 Chinese nationals have entered the United States illegally every day since October, according to startling new statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
When asked why he had come to the United States, a young man from Guangzhou replied: “To take the money.”
Others who arrived in Jacumba came from Türkiye and Syria. Border Patrol agents previously warned Washington lawmakers that it is impossible for them to screen everyone entering the country because the numbers are so out of control.
More than 150 Chinese nationals have entered the United States illegally each day since October, according to startling statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the U.S. Border Patrol.
More than 37,000 Chinese migrants were reportedly encountered at the border in fiscal year 2023, and a staggering 20,000 more since October, when fiscal year 2024 began.
The figure is approximately 100,000 higher than the same period last year.
The Chinese surge is part of a historic and overwhelming wave of migrants seen on the country’s southern border since 2021.
The United States is seeing more immigrants than ever and from more countries than ever, federal statistics show.
Chinese nationals now constitute the fastest-growing faction of illegal border crossers into the US, with more than 20,000 detained since October.
CBP sources said the total number of migrant crossings since October has surpassed one million, compared to the same period last year at 923,446.
A Chinese migrant seeking asylum holds his passport and documents while being photographed by a US Border Patrol in December 2023.
The high success rate of Chinese asylum applications is a long-standing trend, but has come into the spotlight following a rise in illegal crossings by Chinese migrants last year.
Migrants are heading to the West Coast because that may be their final destination, border congressman Tony Gonzales (R, Texas) told DailyMail.com.
‘As I have spoken with different agencies about why some communities (groups of migrants) go to one place and others go to another, one: it depends on which cartel controls that pipeline,’ Gonzales explained.
‘It is very clear that the Sinaloa Cartel is the one who controls this operation and sends more Chinese to the California corridor… California/Arizona corridor that they control. That’s half the equation.
‘The other half is where the population will go. Where do large populations of Asian Americans tend to be? In California, New York is another area, but that area of the west coast is a big population center for them.
The Chinese arrivals have raised concerns among elected officials about why citizens of an enemy of the United States are coming here in increasing numbers.
“It’s difficult to put everyone in the same box: that they’re all tourists, they’re all coming, they’re all gang members, they’re all bad actors,” the Republican added.
According to government data, Chinese immigrants file more successful asylum claims in the United States than any other nationality.
‘At the same time, it cannot be said that everyone comes here in search of opportunity and flees Xi’s repressive regime.
‘Again, that is why it is so important that we do not allow any people to come illegally, and that any of these people seeking asylum get their case immediately.
“Regardless of your ethnicity or what country you come from, you have your day in court and if you don’t qualify, you are deported back to China, Venezuela or wherever you come from.”