The invasion has a lot of moving parts, but here’s a component that hasn’t been discussed much.
Chinese citizens generally don’t enter through the southern border, but the number of CBP encounters with Chinese citizens not only increased sharply, but southern border encounters are vastly up.
At the end of 2020, there were 1 to 9 such encounters a month. By the end of 2021, it was in the double digits, in 2022, encounters shot up into the triple digits, and in July 2023, there were over 3,000 encounters.
That’s a sharp increase from 306 in July 2022.
At a time when espionage rates are also sharply up, these numbers ought to be troubling.
Chinese nationals, sometimes posing as tourists, have accessed military bases and other sensitive sites in the U.S. as many as 100 times in recent years, according to U.S. officials, who describe the incidents as a potential espionage threat.
The Defense Department, FBI and other agencies held a review last year to try to limit these incidents, which involve people who officials have dubbed gate-crashers because of their attempts—either by accident or intentionally—to get onto U.S. military bases and other installations without proper authorization. They range from Chinese nationals found crossing into a U.S. missile range in New Mexico to what appeared to be scuba divers swimming in murky waters near a U.S. government rocket-launch site in Florida.
Good thing the FBI is more focused on prosecuting Biden’s political opponents than dealing with foreign enemies.