CBP nabs more Chinese illegal immigrants at California border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) arrested 118 Chinese nationals who entered the country illegally in the San Diego area on Saturday.

A CBP source told Fox News that the San Diego sector in Southern California has encountered more than 30,000 illegal Chinese immigrants at the border since October 1.

Migrants wait in line in Jacumba, California, as border officials grapple with an influx of Chinese migrants in the key border area. (Robert Gautier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The number of Chinese nationals encountered at the border since Oct. 1 is up 8,600% compared to all of fiscal year 2021. In fiscal year 2021, only 342 Chinese nationals were apprehended along the entire southern border.

Since October 1, CBP has encountered 8,900 illegal immigrants from India, 7,800 illegal immigrants from Turkey, 2,900 illegal immigrants from Uzbekistan, 4,400 illegal immigrants from Mauritania, 3,000 illegal immigrants from Vietnam, and 5,600 illegal immigrants from Guinea in the San Diego Precinct alone.

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Some of the migrants have previously told Fox News they are seeking a better life in the United States.

“My English isn’t very good and I don’t know anyone in the U.S.,” one immigrant said in March. “I know I’ll have to start all over again when I get here, but I want to have a good life in the future and give my children a good education. I’m trying to get established in the U.S. as quickly as possible.”

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But some lawmakers have raised concerns about possible espionage by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the flow of fentanyl into the U.S., which is often manufactured in Mexico using ingredients from China and then smuggled across the border by land.

Fox News Digital’s Adam Shaw contributed to this report.