Security Breach Alert: Chinese National Detained After Sneaking Onto Marine Base

By Tommy Wilson | Sunday, 31 March 2024 03:00 PM
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A Chinese national has been taken into custody following an unauthorized entry into a Marine Corps base in the El Centro Sector last Friday, prompting a federal inquiry into the matter.

The individual, whose identity remains undisclosed, was seized on the premises of a U.S. Marine base after allegedly disregarding directives to leave the area.

Chief Agent of the Border Patrol, Gregory Bovino, disclosed the incident on a social media platform, confirming that the individual was in the country unlawfully. An image of the suspect was also shared, though further details about the person's identity are yet to be revealed. "The motive and intent behind his actions are still under investigation," Bovino stated.

The incident has sparked concerns about national security and the procedures that allow individuals access to sensitive locations. As reported by Newsweek, Jon Feere, the Director of Investigations at the Center for Immigration Studies and a former senior advisor to the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, questioned the individual's presence in the U.S. "Did he overstay or violate a visa? Or did he cross the border without inspection?" Feere queried on a social media platform.

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Veteran journalist Gordon Chang, known for his extensive coverage of China, expressed his concerns, stating, "We must assume this Chinese national is a soldier or operative of some sort. He should be sent to Guantanamo."

The El Centro Sector, nestled in Southern California's Imperial Valley, has been in existence for nearly a century. It spans 410 square miles and includes 70 miles of international border, housing four Border Patrol stations in the cities of El Centro, Calexico, Indio, and Riverside.

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California has seen a surge in Chinese migrants in recent years. According to data from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), approximately 15,700 Chinese migrant encounters were recorded at the U.S.-Mexico border in the first three months of the current fiscal year, which began on October 1. This figure already exceeds the roughly 14,600 encounters recorded in the entire 2023 fiscal year.

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