Monday, September 18, 2017

A paradigm shift in illegal border crossings-those aren’t Latinos coming across.

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
In this tunnel, Border Patrol agents discovered 30 illegal immigrants, including 23 Chinese nationals.   (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP) 
   
Undocumented Chinese immigrants take the lead in apprehension numbers
                 At around 1 a.m on Saturday August 26, California Border Patrol agents made a surprising discovery; a crudely constructed tunnel that was being facilitated to smuggle illegal immigrants in to the United States. 
And the overwhelming majority of the immigrant group were not Mexican, or even Latino, 23 of the group of 30 were Chinese.  There were 21 Chinese males and 2 females.  There exists a new human smuggling trend that is setting records, as it did in 2016, when the number of undocumented Chinese migrants, surpassed the number of Mexicans.  The steep price tag that Chinese migrants must pay to be smuggled into the U.S. is 50 to 75 thousand USD, making it a very lucrative industry.
Far apart from the sophisticated drug tunnels of El Chapo, the newly discovered tunnel is a simplistic, rudimentary, system that utilized a ladder in place of an elevator, found in many Mexican Cartel tunnels.

Using tunnels to transport migrants into the U.S., is not new or unheard of, but it is atypical and the tunnels used are the throw away tunnels, tunnel projects abandoned for whatever reason.   What is new is who they are finding using the tunnels.

Unfinished tunnel projects can present problems.  An example is a few years ago when a migrant got stuck in a narrow passage, trapping himself and four others behind him.  They were rescued by BP.
Migrants were "stuck" in this narrow tunnel
Joaquin “el chapo” Guzmán, the master and originator of drug tunnels, has perfected tunnel construction projects to include rail car transport, ventilation and lighting systems.  The entry is on the Mexico side of the border, and  terminates on the U.S. side, typically popping up through the floor of a California warehouse, or single family home purchased specifically for its location.  

Not all tunnels are alike.  It is dependent on its intended usage of how superior it must be developed.  If it is to be an ultra-long tunnel to transport drugs or a prison escapee, it will require all the bells and whistles.  In 2016 a record breaking tunnel was discovered in San Diego.  It stretched for half a mile and included electric lights, rail and ventilation systems.  The tunnel initiated in a house in Tijuana, where an elevator was installed in a closet expediting the entry/exit, and then exiting through a pallet business on the California side.  It measured 775 meters in length.

Things became chaotic when agents approached the group.  Some ran back into the tunnel, others attempted to run off.  They were detained and taken to the Chula Vista Border Station for questioning.  
The tunnel was approximately one mile in length.

While illegal border crossings by Mexicans and other Latinos has diminished to record breaking lows, attributed by many to the “Trump effect”, [Trump IS the wall],  the number of undocumented Chinese immigrants coming to California’s south order,  has climb sharply in recent years.

Between the months of October to May nearly 700 Chinese nationals were apprehended, compared to 5 in 2014, and 48 in 2015. Before 2014 a spokesperson for Border Patrol said “we just were not getting any Chinese nationals.”

The Chinese surge, with the premiums charged them for border crossing, is capitalized on  for cartel profits, maximizing revenue derived from a “diversification” apart from a drug trafficking. 

Trafficking humans, requires is a much less elaborate method of earning profits,  than trafficking drugs, with little loss even if plans end unfavorably.

“Factank” from the PEW Research Center

The number of Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. illegally has declined by more than 1 million since 2007. In 2014, 5.8 million unauthorized immigrants from Mexico lived in the U.S., down from a peak of 6.9 million in 2007. Despite the drop, Mexicans still make up about half of the nation’s 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants (52% in 2014).

In 2016, a total of 192,696 Mexicans were apprehended in illegal border crossings opposed to 222,847 non-Mexicans.


On the Mexican side of the southern border, some Chinese nationals are electing to stay in Mexico, resulting in  a whole different set of issues, mostly social. 

62 comments:

  1. In Texas six men arrested for making an selling grenades to CDG most 4 of the six men are us citizen's one is a legal resident of the U.S. an the other is an illegal from Mexico the oldest is 40yrs the other 5 all under 30yrs...

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    1. that tunnel looks like la rielera's ass after a night on the job.

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  2. Excellent reporting. I looked up figures and see this only began 2 years ago. It is relevant to narcos because of the huge fee Chinese must pay. When you think about it, as the article states, if things go awry they are paid and don't lose 'product'. There was a guy n here that said they are fighting Mexicans for oil jobs and being aggressive.

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    1. 9:12. How relevant to narcos....relevant to criminals - especially human smugglers.

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    2. This didn't start two years ago my friend. Been around a couple years they AZ so I'm sure cali especially been doing it way before.
      -CDS nutthugger

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    3. Human smuggling has been going on for decades. And here you've just recently read about it. Wow. - Sol Prendido

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    4. 9:12AM
      It has been going on for a long time not just two years. I know a Mexican who has been imprisoned in Mexico since the early 2000s for smuggling Chinese from their country in order to smuggle them in the U.S. Also, when I was in the California National Guard a Sgt. first class, who had been in some sensitive border operations, told how he was surprised at the amount of Chinese coming in illegally through non-border foot crossings. He said stuff like that never made the news.

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    5. sorry pal, yes they have come but a hand full each year. this is THE FIRST TIME numbers have surpassed Mexican numbers. COMPRENDE? on A paradigm shift in illegal border crossings-those aren’t Latinos coming across.

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  3. Very interesting development!You have to ask yourself is human smuggling starting to go international in the sense that it's now being sold to the highest bidder?What happens to the Mexicans wanting to cross and Central Americans?Have their fees gone up or are the Cartels couldn't be bothered with their own?Are there more countries coming that could pay more than the Chinese?Saudi,etc?

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    1. There will always be some group willing to pay more. Chinese immigrants are being shipped in containers to Mexico for crossing.
      A lucrative business for this smuggling organizations. Think of the costs involved? From point A to B then to C is a costly business.
      American officials hav put a dent to Chinese immigrants being smuggled into the US. Security measures and sophisticated technology has enabled this program to stop such.
      Unfortunately, due to this Mexico is a prime movers for such. Due to the corruption practices which are easily gained.

      Looks like another win for these organized groups to make fortunes!

      E42

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    2. Chinese immigrants coming in through Mexico is a drop in the bucket and Customs and Border Patrol haven't put a dent in all the imigrants smuggled into NYC and Long Island via containers on container ships.

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  4. Where do they obtain that much money.

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    1. Asians, pool family money for investments. In this case sending a "worker bee" to earn funds over a 10 to 15 year period, sending money back to create family businesses. the large majority want to stay to work but not permanently.

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    2. 10:15am. It's been a long standing business model since mid 1970s where families come up with big down payment (for them) and then the smuggled workers are indentured servants making slave labor wages until the "snake heads" (Chinese human smugglers) are paid off. The leverage the snakeheads have is that they only transport Chinese workers who have family still in China where the Chinese mafia (called Triads) can exact revenge and make examples for future human cargo. I have man in Houston as employee that worked 8 years for food and boarding only in Chinatown restaurant where he lived on floor of the kitchen and was given leftovers thrown together throughout the day to eat. Very tenuous circumstances!

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    3. 10:38 not wanting to stay permanently and using the US only to export $ is why illegal immigration must stop. US needs immigrants who want to be become citizens not use it for family gain elsewhere.

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    4. in illinois there were caught secretary of state officials selling drivers licenses to chinese, they did not know how to drive, had no insurance, but the worst part, they all has the same social security number, believe it or not!

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    5. 6:26 the chinese do not come to the US just to make "money and export it", it is insignificant compared to the money american corporations pay out of the country every single second for goods and serviced just to inflate their expenses and pay even less taxes, and then keep their money safely offshored away until needed, the chinese are taking over all over the world.
      offshoring work and subcontracting their defense industries and services brung the Romans down, learn a free lesson from them, combined with the greek drug addictions, moral decay, debauchery and sexual orgies and degeneration the US have learned so well, you could do the right thang and leave others alone, boy.

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    6. 3:37. Excellent response! Maybe put a little wisdom in the mind of the to uninformed

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  5. Amusingly, the drug tunnels of today are evolutions of the tunnels used during Prohibition for access to various speakeasies. Should take a look below Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the Pacific Northwest. Many of them were in the various Chinatowns.

    The cartels simply learned from what previous generations had done. Why reinvent the wheel, right?

    KB

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    1. 10:16 I have a hard time believing Joaquin Guzman Loera or any of his trusted colleagues from Badiraguato read texts about US prohibition history, or even watched a PBS documentary to get the idea of tunnels. I'm thinking it was simple analysis on how to move most product without incurring losses to Border Patrol and Customs.

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    2. 3:08 Lmao! Agreed!

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    3. @3:08. Maybe he read Washington's quote " those who dont know history are doomes to repeat it" maybe that's why Trump thinks a wall is going to be effective. There's already a wall

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  6. Wait did my comment not get approved because it didn't agree with the article lol.
    Typical Chivis didn't even have to look up the author

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    1. @605 Liked: Lol but he is entitled to his opinion.

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    2. 10:38 not agreeing with La Chivis is no grounds,
      --being a pendejo comment like your posted comment at 10:38 is grounds for make the case for the wastebasket.
      beat it con jabon lila.

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  7. If one looks at the stats of the Border Patrol apprehensions at the beginning of the 20th Century, you will see the highest number of apprehensions being Chinese. In those times, the Chinese Six Companies facilitated Chinese smuggling. The U.S. welcomed Chinese labor to build the transcontinental railway but when that was completed, they no longer wanted cheap labor.

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    1. absolutely true my friend, but this is very different. There had been no entries of chinese nationals thru the south border. and for the first time chinese apprehensions exceed mexicans. Chinese nationals typically have come on to the U.S. via U.S. shoreline or canada. this influx has no relation to what you rightly point out.

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    2. Yes, I am your friend. But, with all due respect, I am unclear on your point. I was merely pointing out that history other peoples have also crossed the border.

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    3. In 2009 HSI did a case on a ring that smuggled Asians that were smuggled thru Mexico at reynosa all the way to new york city

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  8. Just like the cocaine Mexico produced makes more money in Europe
    Well the Asians and Africans pay more then the central Americans to be smuggled

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    1. 12:13 Little fact to know is that Mexico doesn't produce cocaine and the coca plant only grows in Bolivia, Peru, Columbia and Ecuador. Colombians manage/own most labs in these countries and sell final product to their customers - biggest being Mexicans, Venezuelans, Brazilians, Haitians, Jamaicans and Italians.

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    2. Cocaine isn't produced in Mexico. However, it does fetch a higher price than the US. Think Australia is the most expensive place for that.

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    3. 3:12
      it is a widely known fact to those who follow the so called drug war. BUT I recall about 3 years ago a large coca farm was found near Guatemala border, in Chiapas. I think it was zeta. Since then I have heard nothing more, but it was the first discovery of coca in mexico. coca is sown mainly in the Andes, South America.

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    4. Chivis hija de la Amapola, quen te quere??

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    5. 7:24 Chivas; yes I recall reading on BB and there were earlier experiments by British in 1800s to grow in one of their former colonies (i don't remember which but it was a mountainous island nation) and the product was never harvested successfully to produce the effects being sought to make cocaine based products. I guess god blessed only the Andes and its wet lowlands with good coca.

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  9. Pepe Aguilar's son got jammed up trying to smuggle some chinos. Where there's money to be made, you'll always find a Mexican in the mix.

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    1. And he got 3 years probation money talks

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    2. Joe arpaio got pardoned for his bullshit so what's your point

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    3. i want to read "The Unauthorized Biography of El Apache Sheriff arpaio", please confirm if he has been a compa with drug traffickers that had free pass if they knew the right words, it doesn't fail when hard ass cops persecute people so much, they get "paid extra" for their effort...

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  10. The reason the price is high it's because it's harder to cross illegaly so the price went up. But foreigners pay 3 times the price Mexicans or latin American

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    1. 2:28.....whhaaattt???? Foreigners? Harder to cross illegally?

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    2. Yes, non nexicans. Yes, it's harder to cross now because of more migra and more high tec sensors in most part of the border.

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    3. Yes It's harder to cross illegaly now than before, when me and my parents crossed over 34 years ago it was simple. Now there are heat censors and more border patrol agents.

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    4. 2:28 Thanks im following you now.

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  11. What makes alot of people want to go to the usa? There is other countries that are much better than united states of america in many aspects.

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    1. I can't figure this out either. I talk to foreigners online and they all have these outdated ideas about the US. I tell them the US is low on quality of life and most other developed countries are better places to live.

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    2. USA has better government aid plus interest free loans to certain people of certain countries its no coincidence than Asian and Indian people all have business

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  12. They're all mexicans to me.

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    1. Well u r wrong. Most Latinos crossing r central Americans

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    2. Who asked you pendejo!?

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    3. And you're white trash to me 3:18.

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    4. @3:18 Asians come from Asia. Mexicans come from America. That would be the Northern part, you know the one that also contains the USA. I hope thats not a public school education ur shaming

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  13. No Wonder pepe aguilar son got caught in the mix

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  14. Your seeing a rise in the amount of arab muslims living in TJ. the last 4 years. Mexico needs to get over the fact the fact the wall is being built to keep them out. Mexicans do no harm and work their ass off. It's the others that the US is worried about.
    China is deeply rooted and involved in drug trade with synthetic properties being cut and placed in other narcotics for weight. The arabs have the opium . It goes on and on but Mexico is not a threat. The threat is a border that is not secure. Mexico has a wall to keep out migrants from Central America. Let's be real


    narcotics.

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    1. Mexico does not have a wall have you been to the Guatemala mexico border while you legally are crossing you can se people elligali crossing in raft

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  15. Wow now the narcos earn more from the illegal Chinese immigrants plus they get to enjoy Chinese girls.

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  16. I have observed for many years that the Asian population in the USA is as prolific as the Hispanic population. The numerous Chinese restaurants, Oriental food stores, female nail salons, & laundries are some of the businesses owned and operated by Asians. In Washington DC many of the liquor stores are owned by Asians.
    The difference in the discrimination of the two groups by The US government is that the Asians do not vote. They do not want to vote. They do not care who is in office. Their motivation is money. Therefore they are not a threat. Their businesses generate tax dollars with no concern for who's in City Hall. There are no Sanctuary cities enforcement for Asians. The US will not round up these people and place them on a ship in San Francisco harbor and set sail Westward. The Asians have fallen through the cracks of immigration, while our Hispanic neighbors fight on the front line.

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    1. But its our own fault we brought this upon us

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  17. you guys are splitting hairs and not realizing what the article states. Chivis help the kids out

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  18. average mexican cant afford coyotes' prices, but chinese can

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