It’s not just Central America. Illegal immigrants are coming from all over the world

· October 4, 2019  
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If we admit 1.1 million legal immigrants from all corners of the world, should we then have to be on the hook for illegal immigration from all corners of the world? Evidently yes, according to open-borders politicians.

If you add up the population of every country with a lower GDP than that of Guatemala (about 88 of them), along with other countries that are experiencing a myriad of unpleasant living conditions, it would easily add up to a few billion people. Yet, unless we end our open-borders policies, those are exactly the people who will begin coming, even after Trump successfully worked out diplomatic agreements with the northern triangle countries to stem the flow of the main migration.

The cardinal mistake of our border policies of the past is that we have always played catch-up by being reactive to the previous crisis instead of anticipating the one around the corner. Thus, once we finally got a handle on illegal immigration from Mexico, the northern triangle migration was already upon us. Now that it appears the Central American migration might finally be in check, rather than diverting attention away from the border, the Trump administration must look around the corner to the next shoes to drop, from all over the globe. He must not repeat the same mistake of early 2017, thinking that the tough perception would deter everyone until all the policies are actually implemented.

According to final fiscal year 2019 data given to CR by a border agent who must remain anonymous because he is not authorized to speak to the media, the numbers have shot up from other countries around the globe, even as the numbers from Central American decline. Here is a breakdown of some of the biggest increases:

China – 98%
FY18: 1,077
FY19: 2,133

Brazil-1002%
FY18: 1,634
FY19: 18,012

Cuba-5982%
FY18: 194
FY19: 11,799

Ecuador – 718%
FY18: 1,613
FY19: 13,196

Nicaragua – 301%
FY18: 3,337
FY19: 13,373

These numbers should become public in the coming days when Customs and Border Protection (CBP) releases final tallies for FY 2019.

The numbers from China are particularly concerning. As I reported last week, China is our number one espionage threat and has already used immigration to spy on us. Chinese migrants are increasingly coming to our border in larger numbers almost every week, even as the overall border numbers drop. In fact, just in the first two days of October, there were 31 Chinese migrants caught, compared to 10 last year. That is a pace of over 5,650 per year, which means that the trajectory is getting worse.

Last week, I reported from agents in the field that the Chinese come under the most suspicious circumstances and are not even interviewed by the FBI. They are mainly males and always run from agents, but if they are caught, they manipulate our anti-communist sympathies to game out asylum.



Roll Call has a report out today on the longer-term increases we’ve seen from 50 different countries, most of which are non-Spanish-speaking, “including India, China, Bangladesh, Egypt, Romania and Turkey.” For example, in FY 2013, there were just 38 Bangladeshis caught at the border. This year, that number was 1,240. And while the number from India did not increase this past year, in general, it has increased 11,738 percent since 2007.

Looking ahead, it’s clear that if the president doesn’t issue a wholesale asylum reform executively or through Congress, leveraged by a temporary suspension of all asylum claims within our borders using INA 212(f), the numbers will go back up again within the next year. Those countries will pose an even more significant security risk and cause vetting problems through language barriers.

As I reported earlier, rather than representing the American citizen’s point of view and shutting off mass migration, Sen. James Lankford, Okla., and eight other red-state Republicans are demanding that Trump admit more refugees. At some point, the question needs to be asked: why should the American people be on the hook for global migration and all of its cascading fiscal and security concerns, especially when we admit so many legal immigrants every year?

Putting aside illegal immigration, when Harvard/Harris polled voters on how many legal immigrants they think reside in the country, more than 80 percent guessed that we have fewer than 10 million immigrants residing here, while 45 percent thought that we have some varying level below one million residing in the U.S. In reality, there are over 44 million immigrants residing in the country, not including the illegal immigrants, and that number is on pace to rise rapidly.

Immigration, like anything else, should be safe, be regulated in appropriate numbers, factor in the geopolitical and security concerns of the host governments, and only be done legally. The notion that foreign nationals can determine our destiny, with the American people having no say in it, is a view held only by the bipartisan oligarchy. Unless the message is sent soon that America is not a dumping ground, expect to be talking about migration from one of these other countries in the coming years the same way we did about Guatemala this past year.


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Author: Daniel Horowitz

Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.