According to a new report from the WashingtonTimes, 328 from China have been caught crossing the border illegally this year.
December, Border officers discovered 11 Chinese nationals hidden inside appliances and furniture in a moving truck during an inspection in San Ysidro.
The WashingtonTimes reports some 328 immigrants from China have been caught crossing the border illegally so far this year, according to Homeland Security data that raises the prospect a coronavirus carrier could sneak into the country via the U.S.-Mexico border.
Three other people from South Korea — another country with rapidly spreading cases — have also been arrested at the border, as have 122 people from the Dominican Republican, where the coronavirus has now been detected.
Coronavirus was identified last year in China, and has quickly frightened much of the world.
The U.S. has funneled travelers arriving from China into a select set of American airports, where they can be screened.
But that’s not possible with those crossing the border — particularly those who evade detection altogether.
Many would-be undocumented immigrants from China try to enter by being smuggled in cars through the official border crossings, though an increasing number are now being snared by the Border Patrol after they’ve already gotten in.
In one case in January agents stopped a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and found 10 Chinese migrants piled on top of each other in the truck, along with five Mexican migrants. The truck driver had been trying to avoid detection by blending in with border wall construction crews.
One of the Chinese men said he was paying up to 40,000 Chinese Yuan to be smuggled into the U.S. — or about $5,750.
In another incident last month agents in Arizona spotted three Chinese migrants as they were picked up by smugglers. The Chinese men said their church had paid to smuggle them into Mexico, where another branch of the church connected them with smugglers who brought them into the U.S.
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