Sharp Rise In Chinese Arrests At US-Mexican Border
While US border agents report a significant decline in arrests of people attempting to illegally enter the United States from Mexico, they also note an almost tenfold spike in the number of Chinese people caught at the border.
Border Patrol officials in the Tucson sector of the Arizona desert, which sees the largest number of illegals, report that 261 Chinese have been arrested this year, compared with an average of 32 over the last 4 years.
The Tucson sector also reports that about 226,000 illegals have been caught this fiscal year, a decrease of about 24%. It is believed the bad economy and tougher border security are responsible for the decrease.
The Chinese, who are nearly all from Fujian province, have to pay between US $30,000 – $70,000 to local mafia back home and then work off their debt for years in sweatshops in New York City and elsewhere. Typically, Latin Americans who are caught up in similar schemes have to pay only US $7,000 and Haitians US $10,000.