Chinese illegal immigrant arrested for unauthorized entry onto Marine Corps base in California

Chinese illegal immigrant arrested for unauthorized entry onto Marine Corps base in California

A Chinese illegal immigrant has been arrested in California for illegally entering a United States Marine Corps base and ignoring orders to leave.

Border Patrol’s El Centro Sector, nestled in the Imperial Valley of Southern California, boasts a rich history of nearly a century, with 410 square miles and a span of 70 miles of the southern border. This sector plays a vital role in border security. It hosts four Border Patrol stations in the cities of El Centro, Calexico, Indio and Riverside. (Related: MOBS of Chinese illegal immigrants SWARM California border)

According to Gregory Bovino, the chief patrol agent for the El Centro Sector, agents received a distress call from a Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms regarding a Chinese national who had breached the facility without proper authorization and persisted in disregarding instructions to vacate the premises.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Marine Corps Training and Education Command said the Chinese national attempted to gain access to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms.

“Despite being directed to exit the premises at the Condor gate by security personnel, the individual proceeded to enter the installation without authorization. Military law enforcement promptly intervened and detained the individual,” the spokesperson said.

Customs and Border Protection, who subsequently took the individual into custody shortly after the detention of the suspect, confirmed his nationality and determined that he was unlawfully present within the United States.

Bovino took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to confirm the incident.

“Subject was confirmed to be in the country illegally. His purpose and intent behind his actions are still being investigated,” Bovino tweeted along with the photo of the Chinese national.

Surge of Chinese migrants at the southern border sparks national security issues

In recent years, California has witnessed a notable uptick in the arrival of Chinese migrants on the southern border since Oct. 1, which exceeded 22,000 encounters.

This represents a staggering increase compared to the 2,176 encounters recorded in fiscal year 2022 and the mere 450 encounters in fiscal year 2021. As a result, China now stands among the over 150 countries represented among migrants arriving at the southern border.

However, federal officials and Republican lawmakers fear the potential national security risks associated with individuals hailing from this geopolitical rival.

“There have been numerous documented instances of Chinese nationals, at the direction of the CCP, engaging in espionage, stealing military and economic secrets,” Republicans warned in 2023.

They warned the public that Chinese and other nationals crossing the border from China could potentially engage in espionage activities or cyber-attacks targeting critical infrastructure, government agencies or private sector entities.

As a response, Sens. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), along with 30 other members of Congress, have submitted requests for visa changes to the Department of Homeland Security. They urged the administration to revise the rules regarding the entry of Chinese nationals into U.S. territories such as Guam via the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands without the appropriate B-1 (business) or B-2 (tourism) visas.

Watch this Fox News broadcast detailing how Chinese migrants are flooding through California’s stretch of the southern border.

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