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House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-TN) said this week that “military-aged” Chinese nationals with ties to the Chinese Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army had been released into the U.S. by the Biden administration.
Green made the comments during a Wednesday press conference announcing an investigation into Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over “dereliction of duty” in regard to securing the southern border, which has seen record numbers of illegal crossings under President Joe Biden.
“Secretary Mayorkas has put the national security of the United States at risk. Terrorists, suspected terrorists, and enemies of our nation have flooded across our borders,” Green said, before noting that there had been a “massive surge in Chinese nationals, many of whom are military-aged men, many with known ties to the PLA, ties to the CCP who have crossed our southern border and have just been released by Secretary Mayorkas into the United States.”
Green said that there were about 10,000 Chinese nationals who had been released into the U.S. so far this fiscal year.
“We have no idea who these people are and it’s very likely, using Russia’s template of sending military personnel into Ukraine, China is doing the same in the United States,” Green said.
Numbers released earlier this week show a massive number of migrants being detained from faraway countries, including Afghanistan and China. Border Patrol recorded just 450 encounters with migrants from China on the southern border in fiscal year 2021, and 2,176 in fiscal year 2022, but has so far encountered 9,854 in the first seven months of fiscal year 2023.
During the press conference, Green also said that Mayorkas’ policies were to blame for the declining number of deportations even as illegal crossings increased.
“These individuals typically possess no legitimate claim to asylum and under prior administrations – both Democrat and Republican – most would have been quickly deported. The difference now? Mayorkas and his policies,” he said.
Green said that emergency medical Medicaid spending “for illegal aliens more than doubled from FY20 to FY21, from around $3 billion to more than $7 billion.”
Republicans on the committee also pointed to the increasing fentanyl deaths in the U.S., some of which can be traced to drugs brought from Mexico, and the human trafficking taking place at the border. The committee also released a preliminary 55-page report on Mayorkas’ and Biden’s handling of the border.
An estimated 1.5 million illegal migrant gotaways have been recorded since President Joe Biden took office in 2021. Meanwhile, 415,000 total gotaways were reported for 2018, 2019, and 2020 under the Trump administration.