Between fiscal year 2022 and fiscal year 2023, there has been a huge increase—1,000% to be exact—in the number of migrants arriving at our Southern Border from faraway places like Afghanistan, China, and others.
The Chief of Border Patrol, Raul Ortiz, recently tweeted about this issue. He mentioned that the migrants are coming from countries like Algeria, Djibouti, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Paraguay, and Vietnam. Dealing with this situation has been quite challenging because it’s not easy to send these migrants back to where they came from.
Ortiz explained that even though they’re working hard to send these migrants back, they face difficulties with the governments of these countries in creating programs to make repatriation possible. In simpler terms, it means they’re having trouble sending these migrants back to their home countries.
Let’s take a look at some numbers to understand the situation better. In fiscal year 2021, Border Patrol encountered 342 Chinese migrants who were trying to cross the borders illegally. This number increased dramatically to 1,987 in fiscal year 2022. And guess what? In just the first seven months of fiscal year 2023, Border Patrol has already encountered a whopping 9,753 Chinese migrants! That’s a lot of people.
One expert on China, Gordon Chang, explained that many Chinese people, especially those in their 20s, are feeling very pessimistic about the future of their country. This might be one of the reasons why they’re leaving and trying to come to the United States. It’s important to understand that these Chinese migrants are often from the middle class, which shows that there are some serious problems in Chinese society that are driving people to leave.
Now, let’s talk about Afghanistan. Some migrants from Afghanistan have been traveling through Guatemala to reach the United States. They told reporters that they had to leave their homes because the Taliban took over after American forces left. One emotional refugee from Afghanistan said, “Please open your doors for us and help us. We don’t have a country now. I don’t feel we have a country.”
It’s clear that these migrants are facing difficult situations – mostly due to Biden’s enormous failures – and are seeking our help. We need to think about how we can address these challenges while also ensuring the safety and security of our own country.