More than two years into the Biden administration, the border crisis continues unabated. While the initial wave of asylum seekers was largely from Latin countries south of the border, the newest wave is from two of America's largest geopolitical threats---China and Russia. Fox News recently captured groups of Chinese and Russian nationals crossing the Rio Grande River into Eagle Pass, Texas. This comes as the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Chief reports a 920% increase in Chinese migrant apprehensions in the current fiscal year.
Those numbers match what's happening elsewhere, too. "There have been five thousand Chinese nationals apprehended along all of the U.S. borders this fiscal year, in just five months," says Bob Price with Breitbart Texas. "That is double the previous total-year record."
As for who these asylum seekers are, that is largely a mystery. They do, however, fit a common description. "The majority of these Chinese migrants crossing in are single adults," says Price. "The photographs we have show the majority of them are 18 to 35-year-old single men...that's a concerning situation given the growing tensions between the United States and China, and between the United States and Russia."
Another reason for the surge in Chinese and Russian border crossers is they are much more lucrative for human smugglers. Texas DPS Lt. Chris Olivarez reports the cartels are able to charge $35,000 to $50,000 each to smuggle Chinese nationals into the U.S. "Based on the current numbers, that's at least $3.1 million per day going into the hands of the Gulf cartels," says Price. "Once again, the Biden administration is setting records, and putting millions of dollars into the hands of the Mexican human smuggling cartels."