Only the most willfully obtuse on Capitol Hill would deny that the Biden administration’s neglect of wide open borders could lead to a national security crisis.
Estimates vary on the number of foreign nationals from many countries who have crossed US borders illegally, but the independent Axios news agency put the total at 160. The distance is not a deterrent. Many of these nations are declared enemies of the United States such as Yemen, Cuba, Venezuela and Afghanistan. Facebook airlifted Afghans to Mexico with the likely intention of allowing them to enter unchecked.
In testimony to Congress earlier this year, Customs and Border Protection confirmed that four people apprehended match the names in the FBI’s terrorist tracing database. The watch list is long and includes people “known or reasonably suspected of being involved in terrorist activities”. About 450 Chinese nationals also crossed the border.
The border fiasco sanctioned by the Biden administration has been well documented, but the willy-nilly, mostly unreported visa delivery system also leaves the country vulnerable to embezzlement.
To date, there have been at least three incidents where foreign nationals of hostile countries and with questionable intentions, in particular espionage, have ascended to the highest levels of the federal government.
Most infamous is alleged Chinese spy Fang Fang, the campaign donation provider for California Representative Eric Swalwell and his alleged lover. Fang entered on a student visa and plotted her path to social acceptance with U.S. officials from California Judy Chu and Mike Honda, as well as other government officials from the Midwest. When the honeypot spy’s subversive objectives came under FBI investigation, she fled to China and took with her any confidential information she might have collected. Despite his well-known associations with a suspected Chinese agent, Swalwell serves on the House Homeland Security, Justice and Intelligence committees.
Swalwell is not the only fool of Congress. California Senator Dianne Feinstein employed a Chinese national for two decades as a driver of personnel whom the FBI suspected of being a spy. At the time, Feinstein was chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
As in the Swalwell case, Feinstein’s office insisted that the driver, quickly fired when the truth emerged, never had access to the best secrets. The driver may be small potatoes in the long-term plans of China’s State Security Ministry, but in June 2015, Chinese hackers stole the sensitive personal data of 20 million Americans. This included social security numbers, addresses and more when they breached the Personnel Management Office servers. This treasure trove of data has provided Beijing with countless opportunities to access military secrets and take advantage of, and even blackmail, unsuspecting citizens.
A Washington Examiner article on Feinstein and the breach pointed out that US college campuses “are home to dozens of Chinese assets and agents.” In the 2018-19 academic year, nearly 400,000 Chinese students were enrolled in U.S. universities, a total that has tripled in the past decade, and raised concerns about intellectual property theft. The total of 400,000 does not include Chinese students who have officially or unofficially completed their classes but have not returned home.
In February 2021, the CATO Institute published its study entitled “Espionage, Espionage-Related Crimes and Immigration, a Risk Analysis, 1990-2021”. Cato concluded that although suspected Chinese spies were present in a significant way during the period studied, restricting immigration or the issuance of visas would be more detrimental to U.S. prosperity than helpful to national security. The congressional goal for Chinese migration, and all other immigration matters, should be to find a compromise solution with the primary purpose of advancing America and its interests without unduly restricting potential verified contributors.
Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton sparked a storm of criticism last summer when he suggested that Chinese students be banned from studying science, technology, math and engineering to protect themselves against those disciplines ultimately used against America. Cotton has not proposed to end the issuance of student visas to Chinese nationals or even to limit the number of visas, but simply to ensure that potential enemies do not unfairly take advantage of the generosity of immigration. American to undermine America on their return or to prevent recent American citizens from graduating. to get white collar jobs.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 300,000 foreign STEM and non-STEM workers work in the economy and hold jobs that should be held by Americans. But like other rational immigration recommendations that put Americans first, offered but ignored in recent years, Cotton’s idea has gone nowhere.
Clearly, the United States must do more than strengthen student visa oversight to protect the homeland; Enforcement of borders where illegal immigrants continue to arrive in historic numbers, and may reach 2 million in the current fiscal year, would be a great place to start.
Ten months into Biden’s presidency, it is clear that neither he nor anyone in his administration has the slightest interest in national sovereignty or in the advancement of America, incomprehensible to most voters, but nevertheless undeniable.