More people are sounding the alarm on the threat Communist China poses to the United States after U.S. Customs and Border Protection released record-breaking numbers of Chinese nationals encountered at the southwest border. 

“We have a physical threat with Chinese military-age males sneaking into the US border, requesting asylum, [and] being ‘processed by CBP,’” Kyle Bass of the Committee on Present Danger: China told Texas Scorecard in a December 5th interview. He was referencing a December 4 video he gave Texas Scorecard that shows dozens of Chinese nationals, along with other Middle Eastern individuals, standing in a line waiting to be processed by Border Patrol agents in California. Bass said he obtained the video from a source. 

Bass pointed out the Chinese military-age males in the recording. ”They all have perfect rucksacks,” Bass said, noting it didn’t look like they had traveled far. “Pay attention to how they’re standing. [The] majority of them are standing at military parade rest.”

Bass has been warning of the threat the Chinese Communist Party poses to America for some time. He pointed out that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s (CBP) processing amounts to little more than taking the illegal alien’s name, releasing them, and telling them to come back for a court hearing on a specific day. “Most of the Chinese go to New York and LA,” he said. “Why are we letting in Chinese military-age males … into our country when the Director of National Intelligence lists China as the number one threat to US national security? It makes no sense whatsoever.”

Bass is not alone in his concern. Bob Fu, a refugee from China who runs ChinaAid, an international non-profit Christian human rights organization committed to promoting religious freedom and the rule of law in China, also talked with Texas Scorecard about the Chinese infiltration. 

“Unfortunately we have [an] open border policy that very surely welcomed some of the Chinese CCP agents getting into the US, and eventually will become protected, ironically, by our own immigration system,” he said. “Yet, they are enemies. They are really trying to harm us.” 

Like Bass, Fu expressed exasperation over America’s lax border security policies. “Right now anyone can just walk in, and as long as they utter the word ‘asylum,’ and somehow the current U.S. government policy is to protect them, to welcome them, to give them an iPhone, give them shelter, [and] give them good food,” he said. “How many American citizens have been granted such a privilege and support? That’s really insanity.” 

Bass noted that not all Chinese people support the CCP, and that in fact, only 90 million out of the 1.35 billion Chinese citizens are card-carrying members of the CCP. Unfortunately, he said there is no way to “separate the good from the bad or the potential problems from the no problems.” He believes, in regards to not just China but also with the hostile Russian government as well, that “we have to shut down travel to the West.” 

Both Bass and Fu mentioned how a recently passed Chinese law compels Chinese citizens to spy for the CCP, and threatens their families if they do not. 

“We’re trying to find the easy button. We’re trying to show diversity, equity and inclusion and say, ‘well, these people are good, even though their leaders are bad,’” Bass said. “Listen, the only way you effectuate change is you shut it down and you make the people upset with their leadership or what they’re doing.”

Fu expressed support for a pause on all immigration, and developing a system for better vetting. “As Texans, we certainly want to love [the Chinese people] and care about them. But at the same time …we can take individual action to make correct discernment who are here with the clear task by the CCP security agents, and who are coerced or forced,” he said. “Ultimately, the CCP is the cancer of the world.”

Last week, Texas Scorecard reported on a record-breaking number of Chinese nationals encountered at the Southwest border in one month. Border patrol agents encountered 4,261 Chinese nationals in October—a massive increase from the 430 encountered in October 2022. 

In response, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott spoke to Fox News, explaining how the crisis at the southern border has become an “existential threat” to the United States. 

In addition to the illegal border crossings, Texans are also concerned about foreign ownership of Texas land and resources. 

During Texas’ 88th regular legislative session, State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R–Brenham) filed  Senate Bill 147. The legislation would have banned the ownership of Texas’ agricultural land, mineral interests, and timber by citizens, companies, or governmental entities of countries designated by the federal government as threats to U.S. national security. The measure would have applied to countries like China, North Korea, Iran, and Russia. 

Despite public interest in protecting Texas’ land and resources, State Rep. Todd Hunter (R–Corpus Christi), who chairs the House State Affairs Committee, never gave SB 147 a hearing.

Advocates have called on Abbott to include the ban in a special legislative session call. However, Abbott has yet to do so.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.

Robert Montoya

Born in Houston, Robert Montoya is an investigative reporter for Texas Scorecard. He believes transparency is the obligation of government.