Chinese immigrant smugglers target San Diego border

This fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the ports of entry in California have apprehended more than 261 unauthorized immigrants from China. That’s nearly a 50 percent increase from the 177 the year before.

Border Patrol in San Diego County has also continued to see a large Chinese population, arresting 218 as of mid-September, including 23 Chinese nationals who were recently caught in Otay Mesa shortly after emerging from a cross-border tunnel in August.

“We see this problem as an increasing trend with particular alien smuggling organizations and will attempt to infiltrate and dismantle the organizations at all levels,” said Deputy U.S. Attorney Mark Conover, second-in-charge of the prosecution office in San Diego.

Source: Growing number of Chinese immigrants smuggled through San Diego border – The San Diego Union-Tribune

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