Illegal immigration from China increases 10 fold

Norah Petersen
News of China's alarming military buildup has made headlines this week. But, there is yet another national security threat involving China that is closer to home. Earlier this year, The New York Times reported:
"The number of Chinese immigrants arrested while illegally crossing the border into Arizona through the busiest smuggling corridor in the United States increased tenfold in the last fiscal year, according to the United States Border Patrol in Tucson.

"In fiscal 2009, 332 Chinese immigrants were caught in the Border Patrol's Tucson sector, up from 30 the previous year, Border Patrol figures showed. And in what could be a sign of a record-breaking pace for this year, agents in the Border Patrol's Tucson sector arrested 281 Chinese immigrants from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, the first quarter of the current fiscal year.

Predictably, the article went on to insist that most of these illegal immigrants from China were just seeking a better life. Maybe, and maybe not. We have certainly heard this argument before. However, the sheriff of Zapata County in Texas, Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr., warned in 2009:

"We are seeing more and more persons coming across our southwestern border than ever before. From what we are seeing, we feel that most of these persons are not coming into the country to look for legitimate employment."

The appalling lack of immigration enforcement at our southwest border is inviting potentially dangerous people from all parts of the world. How much longer can we afford to permit this national security disaster?


News of China's alarming military buildup has made headlines this week. But, there is yet another national security threat involving China that is closer to home. Earlier this year, The New York Times reported:

"The number of Chinese immigrants arrested while illegally crossing the border into Arizona through the busiest smuggling corridor in the United States increased tenfold in the last fiscal year, according to the United States Border Patrol in Tucson.

"In fiscal 2009, 332 Chinese immigrants were caught in the Border Patrol's Tucson sector, up from 30 the previous year, Border Patrol figures showed. And in what could be a sign of a record-breaking pace for this year, agents in the Border Patrol's Tucson sector arrested 281 Chinese immigrants from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, the first quarter of the current fiscal year.

Predictably, the article went on to insist that most of these illegal immigrants from China were just seeking a better life. Maybe, and maybe not. We have certainly heard this argument before. However, the sheriff of Zapata County in Texas, Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr., warned in 2009:

"We are seeing more and more persons coming across our southwestern border than ever before. From what we are seeing, we feel that most of these persons are not coming into the country to look for legitimate employment."

The appalling lack of immigration enforcement at our southwest border is inviting potentially dangerous people from all parts of the world. How much longer can we afford to permit this national security disaster?