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Chinese Illegal Immigrant Arrested After Entering Marine Corps Base And Refusing To Leave

A Chinese national confirmed to be an illegal immigrant was arrested last week after sneaking onto a military base in California and ignoring orders to leave, according to an official from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). CBP’s El Centro Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gregory Bovino said in a March 29 post on social media platform X that agents were called out to a Marine Corps base about a Chinese national who entered the facility without authorization and failed to respond to orders to leave. “Subject was confirmed to be in the country illegally,” Mr. Bovino wrote, adding that his purpose in entering the base remains under investigation. Requests from The Epoch Times to CBP and to the U.S. Marine Corps for more details on the incident were not immediately returned. However, a U.S. Marine Corps’ Training and Education Command spokesperson told Fox News that the Chinese national tried to enter the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California. The spokesperson said that the individual was asked to leave by security personnel, but he proceeded onto the installation anyway and was subsequently arrested by military police. The facility, also known as Twentynine Palms, is the largest U.S. Marine Corps base in the country. The latest breach comes amid numerous instances of Chinese nationals infiltrating U.S. military bases over the past several years. CBP data shows that, starting in February 2023, the number of single Chinese adults encountered by Border Patrol agents nationwide started to rise, and doubled by April compared to historical monthly norms. In February 2024, Border Patrol agents encountered 5,455 single Chinese adults who had entered the country illegally, more than twice the number of any other February on record. China is designated a “country of particular concern” by the U.S. State Department, while the FBI says that economic espionage and counterintelligence efforts emanating from China’s communist regime are a “grave threat” to America’s economic security. Some analysts have said that deteriorating economic conditions in China, along with human rights abuses and policies such as strict COVID-19 lockdowns, are likely driving the increase.

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