Chinese immigrants are flooding across the southern border amid a growing immigration and drug crisis under the Biden administration.
Over 4,300 Chinese migrants were apprehended by Border Patrol in the past five months, more than doubling the total border encounters in fiscal year 2022, according to Customs and Border Protection data.
The surge in Chinese migrants is just one of the challenges at the border facing the Biden administration, which has allowed migration and drug trafficking to go unchecked.
The United States has seen over a million migrant encounters at the southern border this fiscal year, a 23 percent increase from the same period in 2022. CBP seized more than 50,000 pounds of fentanyl at the southern border in fiscal year 2022.
Republican lawmakers have criticized Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas for failing to secure the border, with some calling for his impeachment.
Experts say Chinese migrants are fleeing religious persecution and excessive COVID-19 lockdown measures. In November, an estimated 44 people died in a fire as a result of stringent lockdowns in China, which barricaded residents in their homes for quarantine.
China has long persecuted the minority ethnic group of Uyghurs, holding over a million people in internment camps.