April 22, 2024

Chinese Migrant Suddenly Found on California Military Base

“Illegally here because he overstayed/violated a visa? Or Illegally here because he crossed the border without inspection?”

Chinese migrant suddenly found on California military base

“His purpose and intent behind his actions are still being investigated,” a Border Patrol chief said about the suspect.

The arrest of a Chinese national at a Marine Corps base in California is spurring many questions.

The presence of Chinese nationals on American soil has been on lawmakers’ radar for months, given the recent influx of migrants at the southern and northern borders and exacerbated tensions with the Chinese Communist Party.

Republican Senators Joni Ernst and Marco Rubio are among nearly three dozen members of Congress who have requested visa changes through the Department of Homeland Security. They told Newsweek earlier this week that Chinese nationals’ ability to enter U.S. territories like Guam through the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands without proper B-1 (business) or B-2 (tourism) visas should be immediately addressed with reform.

On Friday, Border Patrol chief agent Gregory Bovino wrote on X (formerly Twitter) that agents responded to a call from a Marine base about a Chinese national in the El Centro Sector “who entered the base without authorization, ignoring orders to leave.”

“Subject was confirmed to be in the country illegally,” Bovino wrote, along with an image of the suspect. “His purpose & intent behind his actions are still being investigated.”

USBP Chief Patrol Agent Gregory K. Bovino on Twitter: “BP agents responded to a call from the Marine Corp Base about a #Chinese national who entered the base w/o authorization, ignoring orders to leave. Subject was confirmed to be in the country illegally.His purpose & intent behind his actions are still being investigated. pic.twitter.com/vaKmWSkLm9 / Twitter”

BP agents responded to a call from the Marine Corp Base about a #Chinese national who entered the base w/o authorization, ignoring orders to leave. Subject was confirmed to be in the country illegally.His purpose & intent behind his actions are still being investigated. pic.twitter.com/vaKmWSkLm9

Newsweek reached out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials via email for comment.

Jon Feere, director of investigations at the Center for Immigration Studies and a former senior adviser to the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, questioned how the migrant ended up in the U.S. in the first place.

“Illegally here because he overstayed/violated a visa? Or Illegally here because he crossed the border without inspection?” Feere wrote on X.

Gordon Chang, a journalist who has covered China for decades, wrote: “We have to assume this #Chinese national is a soldier or operative of some sort. Send him to #Guantanamo.”

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Now Chinese migrants are sneaking onto Guam: Top Republican warns Communist Party wants to ‘exploit’ every part of the U.S. map and warns critical American base is vulnerable

Chinese flooding critical military base in Guam is ’cause for concern’

There are rising concerns that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is infiltrating the United States’ sensitive military site in Guam.

  • A growing number of Chinese nationals have been sneaking in from the Northern Mariana Islands into Guam
  • Guam’s homeland security agency reported 118 ‘unlawful or attempted unlawful entries by Chinese citizens’ since 2022
  • That makes the U.S. territory hosting 20,000 susceptible to CCP influence 

There are rising concerns that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is infiltrating the United States’ sensitive military site in Guam where over 20,000 troops are stationed.

A growing number of Chinese nationals have been sneaking in from the Northern Mariana Islands into Guam, which makes the U.S. territory susceptible to CCP influence. 

Guam is the location of the Navy’s only submarine base in the western Pacific. It also hosts a ‘strategically important’ air base with bombers and fighter jets. 

The island’s homeland security agency has reported 118 ‘unlawful or attempted unlawful entries by Chinese citizens’ since 2022.

The number peaked at 85 in 2022 followed by 27 in 2023 and six so far in 2024, according to Stars and Stripes. 

‘Count on the Chinese Communist Party to exploit every potential vulnerability on the map. What the CCP is doing in Guam is almost certainly no exception,’ House Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green, R-Tenn., told DailyMail.com.

‘The United States maintains a significant military presence on the island, a vital outpost for helping America defend our strategic interests in the region.’ 

He added that the ‘surging numbers of Chinese nationals coming into Guam’ should be a ‘major cause for concern, in part because we simply do not know for what purpose these individuals are coming.’

Green blames the Biden administration for allowing the CPP to ‘sense weakness’ and then ‘take advantage’ of the situation. 

‘It’s not just rising numbers of Chinese nationals illegally crossing our Southwest border that demands attention—what’s happening in Guam does, as well.’ 

Chinese migrants using the border to gain entry are the fastest growing group being smuggled in from Mexico. 

Last year, Green told DailyMail.com that there had been over 17,800 Chinese nationals released into the U.S. from January through September after they came across the southern border.

In addition to the illegal migrants streaming onto the island, DailyMail.com previously reported on the ‘loophole’ that allows Chinese nationals to spy on U.S. military installations in Guam.

In 2019, the Biden administration enacted a policy to allow Chinese nationals to visit the Northern Mariana Islands for 14 days without a visa. 

From there, many have been reported to charter boats to Guam in order to get information on sensitive U.S. military sites.

Guam Customs and Quarantine spokeswoman Alana Chargualaf-Afaisen told Newsweek that the agency stops ‘unlawful arrivals’ to the territory.

The migrants often ‘present harm in a variety of areas, including military intelligence and reconnaissance, terrorism, communicable diseases, human trafficking for slave labor, prostitution and illegal gambling, cheap, undocumented labor, the movement of illicit drugs, and other illegal activities that pose a threat to the quality of life in Guam, are of equal concern to our island,’ said the statement to Newsweek.

The ongoing visa loophole is of major concern to top leaders in the Senate as well. 

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, previously told DailyMail.com that the visa loophole allows spies to take a ‘hard look’ at what that U.S. is doing militarily in Guam and then ‘use that against us.’ 

‘We’re trying to close those loopholes. I just think it’s very, very important that we do this,’ said Ernst, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Ernst and Rep. Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., wrote a letter to Department of Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas slamming the policy, which the administration has said provides a significant economic boost for the small island.

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